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About Our Special Collections

Colorado School of Mines football team; 1897; group photograph


  • See the Library Calendar for our open hours.
  • Thanks to:
    • Associated Wire Rope Fabricators for visiting the Ropeway Center!
    • Denver Mining Club, for hosting our talks on mining history (Lisa Dunn; Nick Iwanicki)
  • Digital Projects in Mountain Scholar:
    • ​Mine Reports (in progress)
    • CSM Prospector Yearbook (upcoming)

Our special research collections document the rich history of earth resources and the Colorado School of Mines through original documents, unique reports, rare photos, maps and more--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 R&LW Mining History Archive Reading Room is open during the hours posted in News above. Other special collections materials are accessible to the public by appointment during business hours Mon-Fri. 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 items of interest (see "Find Materials" below.) Need help? Contact Lisa Dunn.
  • 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):

Research Librarian; Special Collections Manager

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