The Mesa Historical Museum collects in accordance with its mission. In keeping with the purpose of the museum, it shall restrict its collecting to those objects and images of cultural, historical or technical significance that can contribute to the documentation and interpretation of the history of Mesa; as well as to be used to support exhibition, research and education programs of the museum. This may include materials that puts Mesa in contexts within the region, state, nation or world, so long as such material is not available elsewhere within the immediate region and the material does not place an undue burden on overall collections management.

Approval for collections or records access is subject to a completion of a written request stating the reasons for the visit. The museum will make a good faith effort to expeditiously accommodate requests for access to collections and records. Accessibility may be limited by staff availability, conservation considerations, donor mandated restrictions, issues of confidentiality, security issues (such as the location of archeological sites), and/or the purpose of the request. Requests can be submitted by mail, email, or in person.

The museum will provide images in print, slide or digital formats to interested persons upon request, subject to availability, staff time and costs. Please contact Angie Sullivan at for information. Currently, staff availability for photo and research assistance is extremely limited.

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