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The Archives at Arcosanti
The Cosanti Foundation is fortunate to hold an extensive and intact collection of archival materials documenting nearly a century of organizational history and prehistory, from Soleri’s earliest pen-and-ink writings and drawings, to thousands of photos of the construction of Cosanti and Arcosanti, to current digital 3D and virtual models of potential future arcologies, and much more.
You can explore some of our archival materials through the links on this page. You can also arrange to take an in-person tour of The Archives at Arcosanti via special appointment. Requests for access to specific archival materials can be made via email.
Through collaboration with Second Canvas, we have recreated some of our original sketches and scrolls as super-high-resolution digital images for you to explore in detail.
Second Canvas empowers museums and archival institutions to “experiment with new possibilities for artwork digitized in super high-resolution (SHR), a tool focused on helping museums to build multimedia experiences by combining SHR images with interactive storytelling.”
Arizona Memory Project
We have partnered with the Arizona Memory Project to provide a special collection of multimedia archival materials to the public in the context of Arizona’s rich cultural history and heritage.
The Cosanti Foundation wishes to especially thank Ryan Ehrfurth (Digital Project Manager at Arizona Memory Project | Special Maps Collection, Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records) for his assistance in curating and creating this collection.
Our website has undergone many revisions throughout its history, including this latest version you’re viewing now. One former version is an archival chronicle of Arcosanti that continues to be useful for researchers, historians, journalists, and alumni of Arcosanti, now referred to as the Legacy Website. In particular, many people (especially our alumni) continue to reference the old “Arco News” section of that website that was published almost daily for many years.
We are currently in the process of working to ensure that the Legacy Website can once again be made available for secure use, while also making sure it does not get mistaken for the current website. Once that process is complete, we will update this section with access information.
ASU PRISM Collection
Additional archival materials are also found in the Paolo Soleri Collection at Arizona State University Library’s Design and the Arts Special Collections, including audiovisual materials, slides, photographs, ephemera, drawings, and newspaper clippings. Many audiovisual materials and slides have been digitized and are available on ASU Library’s digital collections repository, PRISM, at Paolo Soleri Collection.
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