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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:
    • Colorado Mining Association for a wonderful gift of mining photos from Colorado.
    • L. Bloom, for her donation of the papers of Harold Bloom, noted geochemist.
    • 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!

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 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):

Research Librarian; Special Collections Manager

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