Odour Wheel of Book Smells

The Science Behind the Smell of Books, Explained by Preservation

May 1, 2020

For many people, the smell of a paper book is enchanting. Books can remind us of chocolate, coffee, smoke, wood or vanilla. The aroma is so popular, perfumiers have tried to capture the essence of a book's smell through candles and even cologne or eau de toilette. But why are...

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Preservation's Guide to Creating a Single Sheet Pamphlet

April 27, 2020

Looking for a new craft activity to try while at home? Conservators in-training, rejoice! The University Libraries' Preservation unit and the Book Arts League of Lafayette, Colorado can teach you how to make a single sheet pamphlet to further your crafting skills during Preservation Week. To get started you will...

Cover of Peter G. Ossorio's work.

Inaugural Peter Ossorio Archives Fellows to Present Their Research

April 17, 2020

Please join us virtually at noon on Tuesday, April 21 for the University Libraries’ first annual Peter Ossorio Archives Fellowship Symposium. The Libraries Special Collections, Archives, and Preservation (SCAP) department inaugurated the Peter Ossorio Archives Fellowship in spring 2020 to engage CU Boulder undergraduate students in the research and archival...

Closed park in Westminster, CO. Photo by Betsey Yadon.

SCAP Engages Student Archivists in Documenting Community, 2020

April 1, 2020

The Special Collections, Archives, and Preservation (SCAP) department of the University Libraries has created the Documenting Community, 2020 project to capture, in real time, the ways in which COVID-19 is affecting our university community, our personal and family lives, and our public communities. University of Colorado students, as archivists, will...

William Sturkey PhD

Learn About "Race and Memory at Our Public Universities"

March 2, 2020

This event is canceled due to ongoing issues related to COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience and will update you if we are able to reschedule this event.

Women's March Photo

Special Collections Exhibit Recognizes Path To Women's Suffrage

Jan. 16, 2020

The new year marks the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, in which women were guaranteed the constitutional right to vote. To commemorate this historic milestone, the University Libraries Special Collections has curated “On the March to Women’s Suffrage,” an exhibit featuring three centuries of women authors and activists who...

An interdisciplinary class in the Map Library.

Map Librarians Connect Classes with Maps

Jan. 3, 2020

As you walk downstairs to the map collection of the Earth Sciences & Map Library, you may find a room full of students and the chatter of discovery surrounding maps. The number of classes held in the Map Library has been steadily increasing, due to the team spirit of Map...

Statue of Fred Folsom

CUATL Ep. 9: The Man Behind Folsom Field

Dec. 2, 2019

This transcript of the CU at the Libraries episode “The Man Behind Folsom Field” has been rewritten for the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries news site. Press play to listen to this episode below or find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Deborah Hollis...

Bob Seeger & the Silver Bullet Band performing at Folsom Field in 1977

Colorado's Premiere Rock Photographer Dan Fong Donates Collection

Nov. 6, 2019

The University Libraries Archives have acquired more than 140 photographs from Fong’s extensive career, including images from concerts at Folsom Field with the Doobie Brothers, the Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, and Country Joe McDonald, to the front steps of Norlin Library where bands like Mountain played shows for a crowd that covered nearly every inch of the Norlin Quad.

Naomi Heiser and Thomas Riis holding the map of conversation.

CUATL Ep 7: Exploring the Folklore Music Map of the United States

Nov. 5, 2019

This episode of CU at the Libraries , “ Exploring the Folklore Music Map of the United States,” features a conversation between Map Library Cataloging Naomi Heiser and Professor Emeritus and former director of the American Music Research Center Thomas Riis at the University of Colorado Boulder. The transcript has...