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About Our Special Collections

Colorado School of Mines football team; 1897; group photograph


We are implementing a major project involving all 4 of our archives to improve collections space. Our collections will be inaccessible during this project. They re-open by Oct. 1.  (Thanks to Rocky Mountain Public Broadcast Media for making this project possible.) See the Library Calendar for our open hours.

Thanks to:

  • Colorado Mining Association for a wonderful gift of mining photos from Colorado.
  • Pershing Gold for their gift of books
  • Anonymous donors who send us pieces of CSM's history so we can all share the discoveries!
  • Digital Projects in Mountain Scholar:
    • ​Mine Reports (in progress; over 900 now available)
    • 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!

Access & Policies

The R&LW Mining History Archive Reading Room is open to the public (see Library Calendar above). Other special collections materials are accessible to 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--Send an request on Ask a Librarian, or contact the Library's Research Help Desk at 303-273-3694.
    • Identify items of interest (see "Find Materials" below.) Need help? You can Ask a Librarian for help.
  • 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 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--Do you plan to use, publish or post content from our Special Collections? Please attribute it.
    • Give us a shout-out! Spread the word to others who may be interested in our collections.
    • 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.

Find Materials

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

Who Are Our Users?

Our special collections and archives support the research of a variety of users, including:

  • Mines Community--For research, course work, personal interest, outreach
  • Prospectors and exploration companies
  • Land use planners, environmental scientists and land owners
  • Industrial archeologists. For example, the Mining History Archive supports research for the Office of the State Archeologist of Colorado, and the National Register for Historic Places to register historic mine sites.
  • Educators
  • Local historians and genealogists
  • Legal representatives
  • Members of the public who are CURIOUS

Research Librarian; Special Collections Manager

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