Research & Resources Museum
The CSWS Museum and Gallery

Red, black and white, Native American RugThe Center of Southwest Studies Museum collections include The Durango Collection® of Navajo, Puebloan and Hispano textiles, plus baskets, beadwork, pottery, sculpture, and paintings. The Center also holds historic artifacts and artwork representative of the Southwest region and Fort Lewis College history.

These items are available for research, although access is limited by staffing restraints. To make a request and/or set an appointment please contact the Museum with as much advanced notice as possible. 

Please see Using the Collections for more general information about accessing collections.

Searching Our Collections

Some of our items are searchable through the library catalog.

  1. Type your keyword into the search bar, using variant spellings and synonyms if you want more results. Many items have similar titles; you can broaden your search by using more general terms (e.g., "blanket") or narrow your search by using more specific terms (e.g., "chiefs blanket").
  2. On the results page, there's a left-hand menu bar. Under "Narrow Your Results," choose "Physical Object."
  3. The results are a partial list of items available for research in the Museum. If you'd like to view the item at the Center, please make note of the title, collection number, and accession number.
  4. If you plan to view an item in person, please fill out this form at least two weeks before your intended visit.

In the future, we will have digital images of museum artifacts available to view on our website. In the meantime, our Digital Collections page contains some images from CSWS Museum collections.


Summer Hours:

Museum/ Library & Archives:
Monday - Friday: 1 pm - 4 pm or by appointment


Map & Directions

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


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: 970-247-7456