Published: Aug. 4, 2020

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries are delighted to participate in CU Boulder Where You Are: An Online Series Highlighting Teaching, Research and Innovation, a summer outreach series led virtually by Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. 

Each week, viewers hear and participate in engaging discussions with campus faculty covering an array of academic disciplines. Following these discussions, CU Boulder library subject specialists and archivists share additional multimedia works to support our communities’ educational journey.


On this week’s episode, Athletic Director Rick George spoke about CU Athletics’ mission to cultivate the whole athlete and collegiate sports landscape and Karl Dorrell, head football coach for the Colorado Buffaloes, described what the terrain for the upcoming season could look like. 

To help prepare football fans for the upcoming season, Assistant Professor and Head of the CU Boulder Archives’ Megan Friedel provides us with media resources to satisfy the curiosity of history buffs everywhere. 

“It’s important to understand where the Buffs have been in the past as we think about where collegiate sports at CU Boulder might go in the future,” said Friedel.

Gamble field

(Photo/J. Raymond Brackett)

The archives have been working to digitize our popular collections for users to view. The Archives’ J. Raymond Brackett photography collection, available at the CU Digital Library, is one of those areas of distinction. It features black and white images of the University of Colorado’s first athletic field, Gamble Field and much more.

CU Boulder Libraries’ Archives holds collections documenting the history of university athletics, including the Fred G. Folsom papers and the Intercollegiate Athletics Department records. Learn how to access these materials by contacting the archives directly.

Take a short journey through “Colorado Football History” from CU Athletics. This guide highlights important dates and milestones, background on athletes, and coaches from the 19th century to the mid-2010s.

Browse past Silver and Gold student newspaper articles (1892-1915) about CU Football and athletics, available through the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection online. These “first drafts of history” are well worth exploring. 

Listen to the podcast CU Buffs Insider where the Voice of the Buffs Mark Johnson and Neill Woelk of offers an in-depth look at Buffs sports. If one podcast isn’t enough, there’s also BuffStampede Radio. Both are available wherever you stream your favorite podcasts. 

Peruse the photo book University of Colorado Football Vault: The History of the Buffaloes by CU Athletics’ Sports Information Director David Plati. This volume from 2008 includes numerous reproductions of small items such as game tickets, postcards and player photos. 

Be sure to register for next week’s CU Boulder Where You Are event and return to for more media recommendations from library subject specialists!