Special Collections

Pen-and-ink illustration of luthiers working on harps, lutes, violins, and other musical instruments in a workshop. The artisans are wearing powdered wigs, knee breeches, and tricorn hats.

Colorado State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department collects rare and unique materials in subject areas that support the University’s current research and education mission. The Rare Book Collection contains over 20,000 original materials that includes antiquities, fine bindings, maps, and primary resource materials donated by individuals and organizations.

A systematic program began in 1974 to acquire pieces to represent major periods, media, processes, places and individuals in the history of the written and printed word. This has resulted in a collection with an historical range from cuneiform tablets over 4000 years old to modern first editions. The department focus is on research use, access and instruction for rare materials in numerous subject areas including:

Search the Libraries PRIMO catalog;
Under LOCATIONS select “Special”:

• Agriculture
• Colorado State University
• Equine Medicine
• Poster Art
• Publications
• Rare Maps
• Water Resources
• 19th Century American West Documents

Follow links below to Research guides:
Friedman Feminist Press Collection
Germans from Russia Collection
• Monfort & Runyan Music Collection
Topical (subject) Collections
Vietnam War Literature Collection

Archives & Special Collections

Morgan Library, Suite 202
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1019
(970) 491-1844


Mark Shelstad
Head of Digital and Archive Services
Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive
(970) 491-2820

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