Collections & Stewardship


Our Collections

One of AAMSAZ’s goals is to be the primary repository for the preservation, digitization, and care of your items. AAMSAZ’s historical artifacts, objects, documents, and photographs are here to represent the Southern Arizona community from over 150 years.

The AAMSAZ museum is a collective home for stories, artifacts, culture, genealogical data, and how it speaks to the African American human condition. AAMSAZ wants to expand its collections to represent the African American community in Southern Arizona. The collections are held in trust for the Southern Arizona community and for the world and are curated in perpetuity for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations.

Mrs. Roosevelt and Robert Eliott
Tucson landscape

Donate Your Items

Please enjoy AAMSAZ as we expand our collection of artifacts, documents, photographs, and more! We want the various collections and resources to be available for teaching and studying the varied contributions of African Americans and Blacks in Southern Arizona. Our history can often live in boxes, basements, attics, closets, and various other storage areas. We appreciate your donated items from businesses, cultural activities, military service, and general daily life, as well as social, political, educational, and religious experiences.


AAMSAZ Collections Stewardship

  • The museum owns, exhibits, or uses collections that are appropriate to its mission.
  • The Museum legally, ethically, and effectively manages documents and cares for and uses the collections for display.” Under AAMSAZ Collections Stewardship
  • The museum’s collections-related research is conducted according to appropriate scholarly standards.
  • The museum strategically plans for the use and development of its collections based on celebrations and need.
  • Guided by its mission, the museum provides public access to its collections while ensuring their preservation.

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