Special Collections & Archives
Special Collections and Archives' (SCA) collections support research by a wide range of scholars including University of Denver undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and others in the community whose work relies on primary source materials, rare books, and manuscripts.
Special Collections includes collections of manuscripts, books, films, photographs, sound recordings, and other formats in a number of specialized areas.
Special Collections access and the Reading Room hours are affected by COVID-19 campus restrictions.
Before contacting us or visiting the Library and Special Collections, review hours and access information for the Reading Room.Using Special Collections
The Dance Archive
Established in 1972, the Dance Archive serves to advance education and engagement with resources across all genres of dance and movement, with an emphasis on the American West.Learn More
Beck Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History
Established in 1976, the Beck Memorial Archives serve as a repository of Jewish culture and heritage in the Rocky Mountain region, with an emphasis on Colorado.Learn More
Fine Press and Artists' Books
The Fine Press and Artists' Books collection highlights the beauty of the book-as-object, with an emphasis on contemporary English-language material.Learn More
The Ski History collection features 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.Learn More
Cookery and Foodways
The Cookery and Foodways collection contains volumes on cooking from around the world, with a strong emphasis on American regional cookbooks.Learn More
Manuscripts and Rare Books
The University of Denver Special Collections collects rare books and manuscripts that intersect with our existing collections, the University and the local community.Learn More