Preparing for the Centenary Celebration of our Archives

Published: April 13, 2017

a photo archivist with boxes and files

Special Collections and Archives at the University Libraries is gearing up for the Archives' 100 year anniversary in 2018! Professor James F. Willard began to collect archival material toward the end of World War I that eventually became the CU Boulder Western History Collections. Over the years, the Archives has experienced many changes and has grown in many exciting directions. 

To continue this growth and to celebrate this momentous occasion, we will be looking inward over the next year as we lay the foundations for the next 100 years. During this time, we will be focusing intensely on inventorying and processing our backlog, installing and populating a hosted instance of ArchivesSpace, and assessing and refining all of our policies and procedures. Naturally, we will be slowing down on acquiring new material and we will be less able to provide walk-in access to materials. Nevertheless, we will provide dedicated support M-F for visitors and researchers via our reference and support email, and we will be able to schedule visits for researchers to access our collections. 

As we are processing our collections, we will be sharing interesting gems we discover via @cublibraries on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Keep a lookout for these posts as well as some upcoming profiles of our amazing archivists! We are also planning a day-long celebration for the Summer of 2018 with lectures, tours, exhibits, and refreshments. We will send details as soon as we have the date secured, so stay tuned! 

This is an exciting time and we are thrilled to be ringing in 100 years with more processed collections, improved access, and stronger relationships with our community of Archives, donors, and researchers.