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 repositories 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.
The Center of Southwest Studies Museum collects textiles, pottery, sculpture, fine art, jewelry, and historic artifacts specific to the Southwest. 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. The Center would also like to expand its collections to better reflect LGBTQ+ experiences in the Southwest either through art or artifacts.
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; please plan to arrange a time for us to see potential donations in person or send a photograph of your potential donation when you contact us.
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 and will return items that cannot be added to the collection.
Please contact the Librarian if you're interested in donating published items.