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Ski Collection

The University of Denver

Center for Ski History

The University of Denver Center for Ski History collects personal papers, organizational records, publications, and ephemera related to the history of skiing and other winter sports, with a focus on Colorado and the American West.

The Center for Ski History features a rare archive of over 1600 books, periodicals, photographs, memorabilia, and related material on the history and evolution of skiing from its origins in Scandinavia through to its development as a sport in the Alps at the end of the 19th Century and into the 20th Century. The collection contains original editions of books from over 20 countries published between 1558 and the present day. The main focus of the collection is on skiing as a sport and the development of skiing technique with works from the beginning of the 20th century.

The Center also holds the records of the University of Denver Ski Team as part of the University's Archives. As of 2015, the DU Ski Team has won 22 national championships and boasts the first national champion in any DU sport (Barbara Kidder, 1946). Internationally renowned ski coach Willy Schaeffler took the program into varsity status in 1948, and since then DU has turned out Olympic champions, ski industry pioneers, and lovers of recreational skiing.

Ski History Collection Scrapbook

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Ski Parka

The Center for Ski History's rare books are on display in the upper level of the Anderson Academic Commons in the Quinette Family Reading Room (AAC 302). 

The collection is browseable in our online catalog. To learn more about the collection, contact Katherine Crowe, Curator of Special Collections and Archives, at katherine.crowe@du.edu or 303-871-7944.