As part of the 100-year anniversary celebration of the CU Boulder Archives in 2018, we completed a project to bring you 100 Stories for 100 Years from the Archives. The year-long celebration emphasized increased community inclusion, process transparency and accessibility.  We want to emphasize that we have only touched the surface of the treasures found in the CU Boulder Archives and we hope you enjoy the stories.

Interim Dean Leslie Reynolds and Project Archivist Jane Thaler at the Centennial Celebration.

The Archives Centennial Celebration

June 7, 2018

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...

Megan Friedel

Welcome Megan Friedel, Head of Archives

June 6, 2018

Join us in welcoming Megan Friedel as the new head of archives in the Department of Special Collections, Archives and Preservation (SCAP) at the University Libraries. Friedel comes to the University of Colorado Boulder from History Colorado where she was the curator of photography. With experience as an archivist and...

Files from the Mazel Holocaust Collection

From the Archives: Harry W. Mazal

June 5, 2018

Harry W. Mazal was born in 1937 and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. Although his parents were Sephardic Orthodox Jews, Mazal was raised Protestant, only discovering that he was Jewish in his teenage years. Mazal believed that his parents chose to not raise their children Jewish in order to protect...

Jane Thaler and Katelyn Morkel

The Future of the Archives: Jane Thaler and Katelyn Morken

June 4, 2018

Most of the stories we've shared in this series, 100 Stories for 100 Years , as well as the current exhibit on the Archives in Norlin, have been prepared by project archivist Jane Thaler, with help from fellow project archivist Katelyn Morken, as well as her other colleagues, Jennifer Sanchez...

Glenn Miller and his trombone

From the Archives: Glenn Miller

June 3, 2018

One of CU's most famous students never actually graduated. Alton Glenn Miller (1904-1944) was born in Clarinda, Iowa and later moved to Fort Morgan, Colorado, where he grew up. In 1923, he brought his trombone to Boulder and enrolled at CU. He was unsuccessful in terms of grades (he failed...

Materials from the Atomic West Collection, including government brochures on nuclear energy.

From the Archives: Morey Wolfson

June 2, 2018

In late 1969, Morey Wolfson was involved with the student government at the University of Colorado at Denver. The student government received a letter from an organization called Environmental Action that was recently founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson and led by Denis Hayes. The purpose of that organization was to...

Personal items of George W. Nace from his time serving in Japan.

From the Archives: George W. Nace

June 1, 2018

George W. Nace (1920-1987) was an innovative developmental biologist at Duke University and the University of Michigan. The son of a missionary, he spent much of his childhood in Japan where he became fluent in Japanese. During WWII, Nace used his talents in the Japanese language and received a certificate...

Paper documents from the Humanitas International organization, founded by Joan Baez

From the Archives: Humanitas International

May 30, 2018

Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Baez is also well-known for her activism. In addition to performing at Woodstock, Baez was highliy visable in anti-war marches and encouraged draft resistance at her concerts.So, it was a considerable surprise to many when she publicly spoke out against the Vietnamese Government’s persecution of suspected pro-American...

Archivist David Hays holding a copy of Deciphering the Rising Sun with a personal thank you inscription by the author.

Q and A with archivist David Hays

May 29, 2018

How did you become interested in being an archivist? What was your path to where you are now? I worked in the Archives while a graduate student in American History at CU. Like many history students and scholars, I had long been fascinated by primary historical sources: letters, minutes, diaries,...

A photo taken of a page with photos of soldiers.

From the Archives: Memorial Day

May 28, 2018

During World War II, families conscientiously sent updates on where their military loved ones (who were CU alumni, former students, or professors) were assigned and what happened to them. In 1942, and early 1943, you can see photos of smiling faces in uniforms dotting the pages of the Alumnus, together...