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.

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Collections Highlights

items from university archives

University Archives

Records of DU from its founding in 1864 to the present.

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items from the dance archive

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.

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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.

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items from artists books collection

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.

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items from ski history collection

Ski History

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.

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items from cookery collection

Cookery and Foodways

The Cookery and Foodways collection contains volumes on cooking from around the world, with a strong emphasis on American regional cookbooks.

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items from rare books collection

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.

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