UCB Libraries

Archives & Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections comprise five units: Archives, Special Collections, American Music Research Center, Glenn Miller Archive, and Preservation. The department encompasses approximately sixty-five thousand feet of materials in print, photographic, and electronic formats documenting numerous topics that date from the 19th century. For further information, please contact Professor and Faculty Director of Archives and Special Collections, Bruce P. Montgomery at bruce.montgomery@colorado.edu or 303-492-7242. Please see below for links to each unit.


Samuel Bourne, Moti Masjid, Agra, 1860s.
Samuel Bourne, Moti Masjid, Agra, 1860s.


Archives | Hours
The Archives, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, contains more than 1500 collections and 50,000 linear feet of materials, including manuscripts, correspondence, files, diaries, photographs, posters, newspapers and published works. Established in 1917, the Archives holds internationally renowned collections on the topics of: Western Americana, National Politics, American Labor Movement, World-Wide Human Rights and Peace Movements, Avant-Garde Film and Media Art, Land and Water Issues, Environmental Movement, Nuclear Weapons Facilities and the Atomic West, Domestic Terrorism and Jewish Renewal among other subjects.  It also serves as a repository for the records of the University of Colorado.


Special Collections | Hours
Special Collections houses historic works and contemporary artworks that support teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and sciences.  Collections, including medieval leaves, artists’ books, original photographs, history of science titles, Western literature, and a signature photobook collection, are used to support higher education.  Special subject collections, such as mountaineering and early fairy tales, reflect the interests and research of the CU Boulder community and the state. The manuscript collections focus primarily on Colorado authors.  The unit has an active instruction program and welcomes requests from the Front Range educational community. 


American Music Research Center (AMRC) | Hours
The American Music Research Center is a joint venture of the College of Music and the University Libraries.  Originally founded at Dominican College in 1968, the AMRC is the oldest center for the study of American Music in the country.  The AMRC is one of the largest repositories for archival materials in the region, with particular collection strengths in the music of Colorado and the American West; American popular music (especially from the Swing Era); Music and television; and early American music.  The collections are currently housed in the basement of Macky Auditorium and are available for research by appointment.


Glenn Miller Archive

The GMA includes many thousands of recordings by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band and all of the popular musicians, singers and bands of the “Big Band Era” of American Popular Music (circa 1920-1960). The archive holds the Miller private papers, business documents and contracts, radio scripts, musical instruments, sheet music, photographs, music, radio and film magazines, United States Army Air Force and Royal Air Force documents, family memorabilia and awards.

The Preservation department supports the Libraries’ mission by providing preservation and conservation services such as book repair; conservation treatments and services; preparation of newly acquired materials for shelving, including providing enclosures, binding or other treatments; preparation of damaged or special materials for transfer to offsite storage; and bindery services. In addition, the department administers the Rescued Books procedure (including the brittle/unbindable procedure); evaluates the condition and treatment needs of individual collections; and establishes treatment standards for the collections based on current best practices.