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Donating Your Collections

Donating Your Collections

Archives

The Archives collects material on the history of Fort Lewis College and the Southwestern United States, especially the Four Corners area. We have one of the largest Southwest research collections in Colorado and one of the few major archival depositories focused on the Four Corners region.

Archival collections include personal papers of individuals and families; business records of mining, railroad, and other companies; records of fraternal, religious and civic organizations and community action groups, and local government and political organizations. Our collections cover all time periods, and we acquire the records of defunct organizations as well as the inactive records of current groups. 

When considering donating your archival materials, keep in mind that preserving papers in their original order provides important contextual information for researchers.

To donate archival items, please contact the Archives staff who will be happy to answer any questions you may have about collections access and restrictions.


Library

The Delaney Southwest Special Collections Library houses rare books as well as an open-stack book and periodicals collection on the history, anthropology, archaeology, art, and cultures of the Southwest. We welcome donations of books and periodicals, but because our scope is very specific, we have to review each title before accepting it for our collection. If you have items to donate, we will issue you a Temporary Custody Receipt during the review process; if we cannot add certain items to the collection, you may donate them to our Book Sale. 

We also have a "wish list" of specific, hard-to-find editions we're hoping to obtain! Please contact the Librarian if you're interested in donating published items.


Museum

The Center of Southwest Studies Museum collects textiles, pottery, sculpture, fine art, jewelry, and historic artifacts specific to the Southwest as well as Old Fort Lewis artifacts. The Museum’s current collecting initiatives are especially focused on historic and contemporary Hispanic art/artifacts and contemporary Southwest fine arts. We hope to add more Southwest ceramics and jewelry as well as historic and contemporary Puebloan and Hispanic textiles, including historic and contemporary colcha embroidery. The Museum would particularly love to add pieces to the collections by two San Luis Valley artists -- weaver Eppie Archuleta and colcha embroiderer Josie Lobato.

If you have an item you would like to donate or any questions about the donation process, please contact the Museum staff. Please note that we cannot accept donations without seeing them first; you must contact us so we can arrange a time to see potential donations in person. You may email us a photograph of your potential donation when you contact us .

Hours

Admission is free!

Winter Hours

Gallery:
Monday - Friday 1:00 pm-4:00 pm or by appointment

Library/Archives:
Monday - Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm or by appointment
* Open until 7 pm every second Wednesday of the month

Map & Directions

Purchase parking passes at kiosks located at Fort Lewis College Information signs near entrances to campus

Address

Center of Southwest Studies
Fort Lewis College
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Contact Us

Phone Numbers

Main Office: 970-247-7456
Library Reference Desk: 970-382-6982
Special Collections Library: 970-247-7135
Archives: 970-247-7126
College Records: 970.382.6951
Museum: 970-382-6980