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Leslie J. Savage Library: Archives & Special Collections

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Information & Scope
The Western Colorado University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available for use institutional records having permanent value in capturing the history of Western Colorado University. The Archives also acquires alumni and faculty papers and other documents associated with the history of the university and its activities.
The Western Colorado University Special Collections preserves and makes available manuscript collections and photographs donated by members of the Gunnison and campus community. The collections focus on activities or subjects that support disciplines within the college curriculum. The Special Collections also include a small collection of rare books that document the history of Colorado and the West.
Our Archives collections are available by appointment only. Contact the Library,, 970.943.2103, to make arrangements.

Types of Materials Collected & Maintained

  • Administrative Records: All records of historical importance originating in the Western Colorado University administrative offices, academic divisions, committees, Western Colorado University Foundation, and alumni office.
  • General Publications: Academic catalogs, bulletins, handbooks, program announcements, directories, newsletters, and miscellaneous brochures.
  • Workshop and Conference Records: Programs and administrative records documenting workshops and conferences sponsored by Western Colorado University.
  • Faculty Publications and Student Reports: Non-circulating copies of faculty publications and student graduate theses, some senior capstone reports, and senior reports from the history program.
  • Photographs: Photographs documenting campus events, activities, individuals, buildings, and classrooms.

Rare Books

The rare books are included in the library’s online catalog. They may be used in the library building during regular library hours. Ask at the library's front desk for access.

Selected Collections

Manuscript materials & slides may be used by appointment only. Contact the, 970.943.2103, to make arrangements.

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