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.

Helianthus coloradensis, also known as the Cockerell sunflower

From the Archives: Theodore Cockerell

March 23, 2018

Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell (1866-1948), professor of zoology at the University of Colorado from 1904 to 1934, was an internationally known naturalist who researched and published prolifically in zoology, botany, ecology, and paleontology. He is best known for his work on bees. This digital collection focuses on his field work...

Members of the CU Graduating class of 1890

Introducing the CU Class of 1890

March 22, 2018

This photo from the A. A. and Laurence Paddock Photo/Negative Collection at the CU Boulder Archives looks a little too much like a modern day folk band promo, but, in fact, the image is of the 1890 class of CU. Many of the images in the Paddock collection were originally...

A view of the archives hallway

A Glimpse Inside the Archives

March 21, 2018

Sure you know that super interesting historic materials are housed in archives, but have you ever wondered what those archives look like? These are some images from the “stacks” located in the basement of Norlin Library. While these are not open for browsing, you are more than welcome to schedule...

trunk stamped Vasulka

From the Archives: Steina and Woody Vasulka

March 20, 2018

In partnership with the Vasulka Chamber at the National Gallery of Iceland, CU Boulder holds materials from the pioneering video art duo: Steina and Woody Vasulka. Steina began her creative career as a classically trained violinist and met Woody, a poet and filmaker, in Prague where Woody introduced video to...

1800s receipt from A. F. Curtis' hardware store

The A. F. Curtis Collection

March 19, 2018

A. F. Curtis operated a hardware store in from the 1860s until 1882. He also served as a judge, was the president of the Mercantile National Bank, and was an active Republican and a member of the Clear Creek Bible Society. The A. F. Curtis collection in the CU Boulder...

Holiday party in black and white from the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

March 17, 2018

One of the longest running women’s peace organization, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom was established in 1915 as a reaction to World War I. Following World War I, the group took an ever broader look at the causes of war, promoting peace education, pressing for disarmament, and...

Man and woman holding a sign that reads, "You will be known as a scab all your life."

The Western Federation of Miners

March 16, 2018

The Western Federation of Miners (WFM), which in 1916 became the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers (IUMMSW) was, from its founding in 1893 to its merger into the United Steelworkers of America in 1967, the major American union in the nonferrous metals industry. The WFM was involved...

Colorado photo taken by Ira D. Kneeland

From the Archives: Ira D. Kneeland

March 15, 2018

Ira D. Kneeland moved with his family from Kansas to Valmont, Colorado around 1881, and shortly thereafter to Boulder. He worked for Meile, a photographer on Pearl Street. At some point, Ira quit the gallery and went into prospecting until 1886 when he became interested in the Topolobampo co-operative (American...

Stan Brakhage

From the Archives: Stan Brakhage

March 14, 2018

James Stanley Brakhage, better known as Stan Brakhage, was an American non-narrative filmmaker and is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th-century experimental film. A prolific filmmaker, he made nearly 350 films in his 52-year-long career that include psychodramas, autobiographical films, Freudian trance films, song cycles,...

Tim Wirth, US Senator from Colorado

From the Archives: Tim Wirth

March 13, 2018

Tim Wirth, US Congressman and Senator from Colorado from 1974 to 1992, was one of several Democrats elected in a Post-Vietnam War reaction to conservative politics. He represented Boulder and the Denver suburbs in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975–1987. In 1986, Wirth ran for the U.S. Senate, earning...