Archives & Special Collections Impact

CSU Archives and Special Collections staff and students
Librarian Vicky Terrill-Lopez impresses students with a rare double fore-edge painting on a book from the Libraries’ Special Collections.

Rare and unique materials for learners and researchers

We have truly brilliant minds at Colorado State University. When those brilliant minds can experience and engage with rare and unique materials, the result is innovative ideas and exceptional achievements. The Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections staff expertly curates, preserves and provides access to materials critical for research excellence, with particular strengths in agriculture, water resources management and law, University history, second-wave feminism and the Vietnam War.

Our impact in 2021 by the numbers


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page views on our digital repository


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Help us make an even bigger impact

We’re making a big impact every day, empowering learners and researchers with the materials they need to change the world with their innovative ideas and exceptional achievements. But with your help, we can make an even bigger impact.

Our people and collections in the news

Praise from researchers and students

  • “The CSU Archives’ robust primary resources and research environment encourages a balance of creative and critical thinking required for successful discovery. My ability to produce new knowledge and grow as an instructor has much to do with its daily efforts to support scholars like me.” – Dr. David D. Vail, visiting professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • “My work [in the Archives & Special Collections] has complemented my studies in civil engineering invaluable ways. In my future career, the ability to situate contemporary issues in a historical context will help me to approach social and technical problems from a more holistic point of view.” – Taylor Schulze (B.S. ’21), student assistant in Archives and Special Collections
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