Both the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries' Special Collections and Archives collections are part of the Libraries' Rare and Distinctive collections. Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like access to any of the sources listed below.
Archival collections are unique, rare, and one-of-a-kind, primary sources that document people, places, organizations, and events in history. Examples of archival materials include letters, diaries, photographs, moving image films, sound recordings, or organizational papers. Our Archives include many collections pertaining to local history.
Special collections usually contain rare books or manuscripts. At CU Boulder, Special Collections holds a very large number of fine art photography books as well as artist books, both from the past and present. Although some of these books are new, they can only be used in the Rare and Distinctive Collections reading room because we aim to preserve them for hundreds of years.
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The titles below link to "finding aids," or guides to archival collections, that are available and key word searchable online at ArchivesSpace at CU Boulder, a database of over 1,600 collections available for research at the CU Boulder Libraries' Archives. Click on each link to explore the contents of each collection. Contact the CU Boulder Libraries' Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to view these collections.
From the Boulder Gay Liberation collection (COU:193), Rare and Distinctive collections, University of Colorado Libraries.
Boulder Gay Liberation collection (COU: 193). The Boulder Gay Liberation Front was founded in 1970 as a student group at CU Boulder. They hosted monthly dances at Hidden Valley Ranch which drew hundreds of people. They also published a newsletter under multiple names including the Boulder Gay Record and the Gayly Planet. It was the first known LGBTQ club in Boulder's history and formed concurrently with the first gay marches occurring nationally in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These materials include newspaper clippings from Boulder/Denver area, pamphlets, fliers and posters from dances, events, and parties held by the Boulder Gay Liberation including dances at Hidden Valley Ranch, and t-shirts. It also includes local publications.
CU Feminist Alliance Women's Liberation Coalition records (COU:599). This collection contains papers of the University of Colorado Feminist Alliance and Women’s Liberation Coalition. Materials consist of a collection of subject folders, women’s organizations newspapers, and record-keeping books. The Women’s Liberation Coalition was founded in 1972 during second wave feminism occurring in America in the 1960’s and 1970’s. In 1979 the Coalition changed its name to the Feminist Alliance. The group operated through activism in the community, organization, information dispersal, and in relation to other feminist organizations. The accomplishments of FA/WLC include the organization of the Take Back the Night March, the implementation of a Women’s Studies Program, the banning of the use of pornography on campus, and the organization of the International Women’s Week. Materials from the Lesbian Caucus and many other organizations are also included.
CU student groups, organizations, activities collection (COU:5036). The publications in this collection date back to 1877 and run through the 1980s. Encompassing approximately 45 different publications, this collection includes a range of publications including the Boulder Gay Record, the Cosmo Club, the Conservative Club, the Debate Club, the Faculty Women's Club, publications about the Indigenous American movement, and the Boulder chapter of Students for a Democratic Society among many others.
University of Colorado President's Office records (COU:3283). The University of Colorado President’s Office Papers contains topical files and correspondence from the office’s establishment in1913 up to 1995. Subjects include Americanization, World War I, Klauder campus architecture, World War II, McCarthyism, In Loco Parentis, the transformation of the University into a research institution, the anti-Vietnam War student movement, the expansion of the University into four campuses, minority rights, gender equity, and methods used by the University to confront variations in State and Federal financial support. Of particular note to this topic are files from the Coach McCartney/Colorado for Family Values issues of 1991-1992. The files largely include the state reaction to an anti-Gay/Lesbian made at a January 1992 press conference by Coach McCartney.
University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor's Office records (COU:2347). Papers contain the files, reports, correspondence, speeches, memoranda, and policies of the Chancellor's Office, University of Colorado at Boulder.
Colorado Daily. The student newspaper contains great information about campus events, clubs, and student issues and concerns, including those related to the LGBTQIA+ community on campus. The newspaper started as the Silver and Gold in 1892 and was renamed the Colorado Daily in 1953. The Libraries contains microfilm copies of the material (linked here) as well as paper versions available through the archives.
Placard carried by Jeanne Manford in the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, June 1972. Jeanne Manford Papers at NYPL.