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About Our Special Collections


  • We have NEW HOURS!  Mining History Archive Reading Room hours: 10:00-1:00 Mon - Tues, Thu - Fri. Or, contact us for an appointment. 

Our Colorado School of Mines football team; 1897; group photographspecial research collections reflect the rich history of the earth resources industries and the Colorado School of Mines. Resources range from original documents and unique reports to rare photos, maps and ephemera--come explore!

Our collections:

  • Russell L. & Lyn Wood Mining History Archive
  • Colorado School of Mines History Archive
  • Tell Ertl Oil Shale Repository
  • Information Center for Ropeway Studies


Access & Policies

The RLW Mining History Archive Reading Room is open during the hours posted in News above. Other Special Collections are open to the public by appointment, business hours Mon-Fri. (See News above for updates, temporary closures, etc.) For your best research experience (and to help preserve and maintain our materials for your use):

  • Before you visit--
    • Make an appointment--Email Lisa Dunn, or contact the Library's Research Help Desk at 303-273-3694.
    • Identify your items of interest (see "Find Materials" below.) Need help? Please contact me.
  • During your visit--You'll need:
    • Valid picture ID, pencils and paper--No pens, sticky notes, etc.
    • Personal bags, backpacks? Leave them in a designated area on request.
    • Complete a Visitor Form.
    • You may be asked to wash your hands or wear cotton gloves to handle items.
    • Want a copy?
      • You're welcome to take photos (no self-service photocopying or scanning).
      • Our For-Fee Digitization Service will make copies, and can provide estimates. Most requests are filled within 5 days. Duplication is subject to copyright restrictions and the item's physical condition.
  • After your visit--
    • Plan to use, publish or post content from our Special Collections? Please attribute it.
      • Example: Abandoned mine, 1971. L.E. Leroy, photographer. Courtesy of the Russell L. & Lyn Wood Mining History Archive, Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines.
    • Give us a shout-out! Spread the word to others who may be interested in our collections.

Find Materials

In addition to the links on the Tabs (above):

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