Skip to main content

Barry M. Goldwater collection

Identifier: AG 88

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographic materials of Barry M. Goldwater (1909-1998) arranged in one series, Photographic materials, which has been further organized into three subseries. Subseries 1, negatives, includes four boxes of acetate and nitrate negatives. 50% of the collection are nitrate negatives, which have been separated from the acetate negatives and placed into cold storage for preservation. Also included are Goldwater’s original negative envelopes and glassines with information or numbers, which are stored separately from the negatives. There are a total of 5 boxes which equals 2.5 linear feet.

The arrangement of the negatives was devised by Goldwater and maintained by the processor. Many negative envelopes were not numbered but were placed by Goldwater behind subject guide cards with numbers. Often throughout the collection the numbers do not run in sequence (gaps) and some negatives have duplicate numbers. However, Goldwater's original numbers or lack of were maintained. Goldwater wrote an index to the negatives on 4 July 1966 although not all of the subjects listed on the index were included in his donation to CCP (index is located in folder in AG88:1).

Goldwater devised a more detailed numbering system for the Colorado River Trip, 1940. The key to this system follows:

  1. 407 - July
  2. 408 - August

Place or Person - first and last letters of each word;

  1. Examples: GDCN - Grand Canyon, MECN - Marble Canyon,
  2. LSFY - Lee's Ferry, BYGR - Barry Goldwater.

Example: 408 MECN 20.137.11 translates to:

  1. August, Marble Canyon, Mile #20, Film Roll #137, Negative #11

Subseries 2, camera equipment, contains a camera case with Goldwater congressional address label. The case includes a camera, lenses, eyepieces, filters, and other equipment. There is another box of camera equipment containing a lens. Total of 2 boxes which equals 2 linear feet.

Subseries 3, contact prints, have not been arranged. The contact prints have been glued onto 4x5” Kraft paper negative sleeves. There is no identification or dates, although circa 1940s-1950s. Includes aerial, family, landscape, and Native American subjects, in addition to a few portraits of Senator Goldwater. They are taken from a variety of negative formats. A total of 12 4x5” boxes, equaling 1 linear foot.


  • 1924-1972


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

To access materials from this collection, please contact

Nitrate negatives have been isolated from the other materials and placed into cold storage. Please provide archivists with two-week notice if requesting to view negatives.

Conditions Governing Access

The negatives in box 4 are currently inaccessible due to renovations in CCP's cold storage facility. Negatives will be accessible once the renovation is complete and the negative boxes have been transferred to the new frozen storage space. The estimated date of availability is mid-year of 2023, although not guaranteed. Please be sure to email with any questions or for updates.

Conditions Governing Use

All rights to these images are held by the Barry M. Goldwater estate.

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

Barry M. Goldwater was born on January 1, 1909 in Phoenix, Arizona. From 1924 to 1928, Goldwater attended Staunton Military Academy in Virginia, and was named all-around best cadet. He then attended University of Arizona from 1928-1929. In 1934, Goldwater married Margaret (Peggy) Johnson, who gifted Goldwater a camera for their first Christmas. Together, they had four children.

In 1937, he became the president of Goldwater’s (until 1953). Throughout the late 1930s and 1940s, he traveled throughout Arizona to take photographs both from the ground and the air, and gave speeches on the Colorado River. Goldwater also continued his military service, serving in the Army Air Corps ferrying supplies to the Far East from 1941 to 1945; he was the Colonel, Chief of Staff in the Arizona National Guard from 1945-1953, afterward becoming a retired Major-General in the Air Force Reserve.

Goldwater was elected to the Phoenix City Council in 1949, running on the “clean-up City Hall” platform. In 1952, he opened a campaign for the U.S. Senate in Prescott, Arizona. He was re-elected in 1958, both times defeating incumbent Ernest McFarland. In 1964, Goldwater was defeated as Republican candidate for presidency of the United States by Lyndon B. Johnson. This same year, he published The Face of Arizona, photographs by Goldwater (limited edition, Republican State Committee of Arizona, Phoenix: F.P. Middleton, 1964).

In 1968, Goldwater returned to Washington as an Arizona Senator, and was re-elected in 1974 and 1980. During this time, he published Barry Goldwater and the Southwest, photographs by Goldwater, foreword by Ansel Adams (Scottsdale, Arizona: Troy's Publications, 1976). Goldwater’s wife, Peggy, died in 1985. He did not seek reelection to the Senate in 1986 and retired to Phoenix in 1987. He spent his time writing and teaching at Arizona State University for the next several years, and remarried in 1991. Goldwater died on May 29, 1998 in Paradise Valley, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona.


5.5 Linear Feet

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Photographic negatives, contact prints, and camera equipment, 1924-1972, of Barry M. Goldwater (1909-1998), retired U. S. Senator from Arizona, public speaker, photographer, ham radio operator, and pilot.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

Series 1: Photographic materials, 1924-1972, 19 boxes/5.5 linear feet

  1. Subseries 1: Negatives, 1924-1972, 5 boxes/2.5 linear feet
  2. Subseries 2: Camera equipment, n.d., 2 boxes/2 linear feet
  3. Subseries 3: Contact prints, circa 1940s-1950s, 12 boxes/1 linear foot

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was a gift from Barry M. Goldwater in 1988 with later donations.


Additional camera equipment received in 1992 and 1993.

Related Materials

A list of exhibitions by Goldwater may be found in the book: The Face of Arizona, photographs by Barry Goldwater, (limited edition by the Republican State Committee of Arizona, Phoenix: F.P. Middleton, 1964).


  • Barry Goldwater: Freedom is His Flight Plan, Stephen Shadegg, (New York: Fleet Publishing Corp, 1962).
  • Barry Goldwater: Portrait of an Arizonan, Edwin McDowell, (Chicago: Henry Regnery Co., 1964).
  • Goldwater, Barry M. Goldwater, (New York: Doubleday, 1988).

Processing Information

Processed by Leslie Calmes (Squyres), May 1989.

Finding aid updated by Alexis Peregoy, June 2017 and by Tai Huesgen, February 2021.

Barry M. Goldwater collection 1924 – 1972
Finding aid created by CCP Archives Staff
© 2021
Description rules
Finding Aid Based On Dacs (Describing Archives: A Content Standard)
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid encoded in English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States