Harold S. Colton Memorial Library and the Katharine Bartlett Reading
Room began with the donation of Harold S. and Mary-Russell Ferrell
Colton's personal library. As the collection grew, the library found a
home in the Museum's Research Center Building, built in 1954.
The library's collection has grown to include several hundred
periodicals, 50,000 books, over 25,000 separates, several thousand
maps, over 300 manuscript holdings, and over 250,000 photographic
The Harold S.
Colton Library's collections are strongest in the fields of
archaeology, ethnology, and geology, with additional materials on
biology, geography, history, art, and museology.
The Harold S. Colton Memorial Library,
with its strong retrospective collection, is an indispensable resource
for anyone doing research on the Colorado Plateau.
The library has access to the Arizona
State Library with its excellent selection of online databases. These
resources are freely available to Arizona residents at
Online guide to using
the MNA Archives
MNA is currently in the middle of an
NEH-funded grant to rehouse and move the archives into a new
state-of-the-art facility. The downside to this fantastic opportunity
is that this grant needs the majority of staff time and occasionally
materials may be unavailable due to quarantine procedures for the
move. Your understanding and patience is appreciated, as this work
will ultimately improve access to these materials.
In order to accommodate researchers,
MNA has hired a part-time Archives Research Associate to assist with
permission and reference requests. To support this service, there will
be a $25 per hour fee charged for onsite visits, as well as for the
hours needed to conduct research for offsite researchers. the new
Archives Research Associate, Susan Olberding, may be contacted at
An additional goal is to assess the
Library's holdings. To allow MNA time to plan for its transition of
the MNA Library into a Special Collections there will be a temporary
moratorium on the use of the Library by the public. This moratorium is
set to expire January 2015 and will allow MNA to focus its staffing
and other resources towards the rehousing and move of the MNA
Archives. In the meantime, researchers are encouraged to find
electronic copies or other repositories holding publications of
interest by utilizing tools like:
The goal is to answer "permission to use" requests within 30 business
days and reference requests within 4-6 weeks of receipt. To help
expedite your requests, please provide as much information as
possible. MNA staff should view pertinent research policies available
on MNA's intranet.
For permission requests, please feel
free to bring your publisher into the conversation. The basic
information needed for permission requests are the citation of the
material, your deadline, and how the image will be used (publication,
For reference requests, please
provide your name, mailing address, a telephone number in case we have
questions, and all relevant information pertaining to your question.
If you want to set-up an appointment
to look at archival materials, please provide at least a month's lead
time so that staff may locate relevant materials and ensure that
materials are not in quarantine.