Published: June 7, 2018

The audience at the Archives Centennial Celebration

Thank you to everyone who participated in the multiple tours of the Archives yesterday, in the Archives Past and Future exhibit, and our Centennial Celebration! We had a packed house at the event that celebrated the past and looked toward the future. How fitting then that our youngest guest was less than a year old, and the oldest was CU Legend William Weber, who is 100 years old. 

Head of Archives Megan Friedel speaks to the large group.A welcome from Interim Dean Leslie Reynolds and Provost Russell Moore led to presentations by Heather Bowden, director of the Department of Special collections, Archives and Preservation, and Megan Friedel, our new head of archives. The 100-year anniversary celebration emphasized increased community inclusion, process transparency and accessibility. 

We have so enjoyed bringing you these 100 Stories for 100 Years from the Archives, and want to emphasize that we have only touched the surface of the treasures found in the CU Boulder Archives. There are hundreds of stories that could be told about each of the collections we highlighted, and hundreds of additional collections. If you haven't had a chance to peruse the stories in our series, we have highlighted our favorites below, though the #1 favorite story in our collections is the one that hasn't been written yet. As Bowden said of all archivist at the event, "we are futurist—and the work we do benefits people and communities that we may never know." It is the potential for more stories based on collections yet to be received, collections that will eventually digitized, collections that will serve to produce more books, scholarship and discovery in ways that we cannot now even imagine.

Click the thumbnails for a slideshow of our Top 10 Stories from the 100 Stories for 100 Years in the Archives:

Our project archivist Jane Thaler and Katelyn Morkel #9: The story of a May Day photo from the CU General Photo Archives #8: Our Picture CU event photo matching old postcards of CU with modern scenes. #7: Our interview with Jennifer Sanchez, CU Photo Archivist #6: The Adrienne Anderson papers from the Rocky Flats Collection #5: The story of Glen Slaughter, Seiichi "Tony" Komesu, and Glenn W. Nelson who worked together to save lives on Okinawa in 1945.

#5 continued: and the story of how archivist David Hays has helped capture their story and those of the CU Japanese Language School and other collections for future generations. #4: The story of labor rights in Colorado  #3: The Story of Glenn Miller and a tribute to Alan Cass, the recently departed archivist who led the effort for the Glenn Miller Archives. #2: The story of Stan Brakhage The many stories we loved telling #1: Our favorite story from the archives is the story that remains untold, the stories that we will collect with the help of others like you!