Our mission

To collect, arrange, preserve, and make accessible the collections of the University's history as well as rare and unique collections that support the University's administration, teaching, research, and service.

Our vision

To connect students, faculty, and the community with significant primary sources and rare materials preserved in perpetuity, which document the life and cultural outputs of our and other vital communities.

Visiting and using our collections

Our most important service is helping you interact with our collections. Learn about our research services. We also offer instruction, research guides and tours.

Supporting the Collections,
Telling Your Story

Monetary or in-kind donations to Rare and Distinctive Collections help us maintain these unique collections in perpetuity as robust, learning opportunities for students, scholars, and the wider community. We appreciate every gift, great and small.

For more information about gifts and donations to Rare and Distinctive Collections, please contact us at rad@colorado.edu. Please review our collection development policies for information about donations of materials.

Learn about funding priorities