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.

Jane Thaler examines a tape recording of Henry Kissinger at CWA

After 70 years, archives chronicle CWA's journey

April 13, 2018

In 1948, luminaries in politics, economics and medicine gathered on the CU Boulder campus for a forum that was supposed to be a one-shot tribute to the budding United Nations. The 12 events on UNESCO, atomic energy and Palestine proved so popular, however, the university invited Howard Higman, a sociology...

The two winners of our first Picture CU photo scavenger hunt

Picture CU

April 12, 2018

Today was the first of hopefully many events called "Picture CU." The Archives Scavenger Hunt lead students around campus to explore the history of CU Boulder using historic images of campus. Students were asked to bring their camera phones, walking shoes, and a group of friends to find the modern-day...

A student working in the Libraries' Archives, sorting papers.

From the Archives: Our amazing student employees!

April 11, 2018

In honor of National Library Worker Day and CU’s Student Appreciation Week, we would like to recognize the amazing students we have been lucky to work with in the CU Boulder Archives. From student assistants to graduate fellows, our students have been pivotal in making our collections available through projects...

CU Boulder Photo Archivist Jennifer Sanchez

Q and A with photo archivist Jennifer Sanchez

April 10, 2018

Jennifer, as the photo archivist for the University Libraries, tell us, what does a photo archivist do? JS: I primarily work on preserving and providing access to photographic and audio/visual materials in the CU Boulder Archives. I manage the collections that are primarily composed of photographs and also help other...

Conference on World Affairs 1950s

From the Archives: Conference on World Affairs

April 9, 2018

Scene from the Conference on World Affairs, circa 1950. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Conference on World Affairs is a year-round unit of the University of Colorado Boulder, offering events without admission fees to the Boulder community, students, and the public. Their most popular event is CWA Week, which starts...

ames “Jim” Zarichny, a lifelong activist in the labor, civil rights, peace, and socialist movements

From the Archives: James Zarichny

April 8, 2018

James “Jim” Zarichny was a lifelong activist in the labor, civil rights, peace, and socialist movements. During his undergraduate career in Michigan, he was put on probation for distributing leaflets, sentenced to prison (for a day!), and eventually expelled for his Communist Party membership. After a few years working at...

Sepia tone photo of James Washington Bell

From the Archives: James W. Bell

April 7, 2018

Dr. James W. Bell was born in Strafort in 1855. He attended the University of Toronto (BA), and the University of Leipzig (MA & PhD). Bell received the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Leipzig. He wrote his dissertation on emigration and was the first recipient of...

Papers from the Adrienne Anderson Collection

From the Archives: Adrienne Anderson

April 6, 2018

Along with her work as an instructor in Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, Adrienne Anderson was a longtime environmental activist who worked with labor unions, neighborhoods affected by industrial pollution, and a host of organizations on behalf of environmental justice. As an activist with the Toxic Alliance...

Man and a burro loaded with bags on the mountain side. Details unknown.

The General Photograph Collection of CU Boulder Archives

April 5, 2018

Many of the photos in the CU Boulder Archives are dispersed throughout a variety of collections and require a little bit of effort to find exactly what you might want to see...that is, if what you want to see even exists in one of our collections! One of the collections...

Ruth Cave Flowers

The Legacy of Ruth Cave Flowers

April 4, 2018

Yesterday, April 3rd, 2018, we highlighted Lucile Berkeley Buchanan, CU’s first African-American female graduate who was looked over by history. Tonight, Buchanan will be posthumously honored at the first Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Lecture with a presentation by Polly McLean. Buchanan graduated in 1918, but it was long thought that Ruth...