Inspired by Colorado State University’s land-grant mission, we build, preserve, and provide access to distinctive archival, photographic, and printed materials, with a particular commitment to collections documenting agriculture and water resources. We support the CSU Libraries’ mission to inspire innovation, and advance the ways knowledge is shared and preserved, by serving students and scholars at CSU and from around the world.
Preserving the rich legacy of Colorado’s land-grant mission is a major focus – and responsibility – of Archives & Special Collections, which feature a broad array of important primary resources and relating to all aspects of water and agriculture in Colorado and contributions made by Coloradoans in these areas. Archives & Special Collections also serves as the official archives of Colorado State University.
Especially significant for both the scholarly and casual researcher are collections related to water resource management, water engineering, water law and legislation, and endangered species. We also make available for use by students and scholars collections from agricultural organizations, Colorado State University Extension and the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. Our University Archive holdings include the records of CSU presidents, departments, faculty, alumni, and our historic photographic collection, dating back to the 1870s.