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University Archives

The University Archives serves as the central repository for the historical records of the University of Northern Colorado community. It preserves and makes accessible primary source material relating to the administrative, academic, legal, fiscal, social and cultural interaction of individuals, departments, and programs of the University since 1890. 

Many items from the University Archives can be viewed online through Archives & Special Collections @ Digital UNC

See Dissertations and Theses for information about finding UNC dissertations and theses, both in print and online.

We want your records!
If you're out of space or experiencing staff changes, now might be a good time to review your records. The UNC Libraries Archives & Special Collections is the repository for UNC's inactive official records and publications of lasting and historical importance generated by administrative and academic units. For the types of records we collect, please visit our University Records Transfer page. We can work with you to determine what to transfer.

University History

Selected facts about the history of UNC, including information about past presidents, past institution names, and campus buildings are available on the website.

See University History


The image collections encompass a variety of research materials, including photographs, slides, architectural plans, maps, and moving images, related to the history of the University.

University Records

University Archives collection includes records of the University identified as having permanent historical, research, administrative, legal, and/or fiscal value. The records provide evidence of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of the University. 

See ArchivesSpace for finding aids and collection descriptions


The collection includes materials written, compiled, or produced for distribution by University offices, departments, or organizations. Formats include newsletters, newspapers, announcements, invitations, catalogs, bulletins, yearbooks, flyers, journals, directories, handbooks, brochures, calendars, guides, manuals, maps, pamphlets, posters, programs, reports, and rosters.

Faculty Papers

The collection includes papers of teaching and research faculty and professional staff that document the academic and administrative life of the University as reflected in the career of individuals. These collections offer insight into the history and operation of the University that otherwise may be lost by relying only on official administrative records.

Student Life Records

The collection includes documentation of the daily activities and special events of students at the University. These files may encompass personal correspondence, student scrapbooks, biographical materials, records of student organizations, photographs of activities and social events, film and video recordings of student performances, group projects, records and minutes of student government, diaries, notebooks, and memorabilia that reflect student life.