For years, archives that chronicled much of Arizona's early child-welfare history sat in the basement of a former orphanage collecting dust. But soon, the extensive set of photographs, board-meeting minutes and first-person accounts of state orphanage and adoption efforts will be available to scholars and the public.

The Arizona's Children Association unearthed and organized its records after an Angel Charity for Children grant allowed for renovation of the original orphanage building. But the archives, which date back to the association's 1912 founding, still needed a permanent home.

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