Did you know the Arizona State Library is over 100 years old?

Did you know the Arizona State Library is over 100 years old? Established on March 24, 1915, the State Library’s original purpose was to help Arizona legislators.


Under the direction of Con Cronin, the state’s Law and Legislative Reference Librarian, the State Library also helped shape early laws and influence legislation. In 1938, State Librarian Mulford Winsor oversaw the expansion of the State Library in the new addition to the State Capitol. In 1978, the original 1901 section of the State Capitol became the Arizona Capitol Museum.

The State Library continued to grow over the years, adding the Records Management Center, the Arizona Talking Book Library, and the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building. Join us in celebrating the Arizona State Library with the resources found at DAZL, the Digital Arizona Library Collection.

“Frame of the 1938 Arizona Capitol Addition,” 1938, Arizona Archives Historic Photographs, Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, History and Archives Division.

Arizona Digital Newspaper Project

“Bill Would Establish Law Reference Bureau,” The Arizona Republican, February 11, 1919, p. 10, column 4.

“State Library is Urged in Report to Governor Campbell,” The Arizona Republican, December 7, 1920, p. 3, column 3.

Arizona Memory Project

“100 years of public service, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records,” 2015, Arizona State Government Publications, Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records – Law and Research Library.

Reading Arizona

Michael D. Carman, Under the Copper Dome, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, 2001, pp. 32 – 33.


Old motor vehicle laws


Did you know that automobiles used to be registered with the Secretary of State’s Office? In 1921, the registration fee was based on the A.L.A.M. (Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers) horsepower rating of the car. The fee was $5 for vehicles of 25 A.L.A.M. horsepower and under, $10 for vehicles between 25 and 40 horsepower, and $15 for vehicles of more than 40 horsepower. For comparison, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics Inflation Calculator, $15 dollars in 1921 has the buying power of $198.66 today. To learn more about the laws governing motor vehicles in early 1920’s Arizona, check out the Arizona State Agency Publications Collection on the Arizona Memory Project, or click here:


Rules for Arizona School Bus Drivers

The rules and requirements for school bus drivers in Arizona are covered under Arizona law ARS § 28-3228. These rules were created in consultation with School Bus Drivers’ Advisory Council formed by ARS § 28-3053.

The Minimum Standards for school bus drivers as recorded on the Student Transportation Information website: http://studenttransportation.azdps.gov/documents/2008MinStandards_007.pdf