The Center was established in 1991 to support research on ropeway technology; it is guided by an Advisory Board of industry members. Collections include books, journals, newsletters, manufacturers' catalogs, images and other media. The Advisory Board's emphasis for making ropeway information widely accessible led to the creation of the Center's ROPEWAY database of ropeway publications held at the Center and elsewhere.
For their support, our thanks to:
- Members of OITAF-NACS (International Organization for Transportation by Rope--North American Continental Section), for gifting funds to endow the Center (2005)
- OITAF-NACS, for increasing the Center's endowment for a stable future (2006)
- AWRF (Associated Wire Rope Fabricators), for their gift of a significant collection of manufacturers' catalogs on wire rope fittings (2007)