Giving Options | Center of Southwest Studies

Giving Options

All gifts to the Center are meaningful, no matter how big or small. Your tax exempt contribution will help us realize our goal of presenting engaging exhibits and exciting public programs, as well as our research and preservation activities throughout the year.

While the Center receives partial funding from Fort Lewis College, private foundations, and state and federal agencies, your gift directly supports the Center and ensures that the campus community, scholars, and the general public have access to the Center’s world-class collections through exhibitions, educational programs, preservation activities, and research opportunities that promote a deeper understanding of the Southwest’s dynamic heritage.

Gifts are crucial to the sustainability of the Center of Southwest Studies!
Here's how you can help.

The General Fund allows us to use the funds in areas most needed – A gift of $250.00 or more automatically gets you a Membership to the Center!

You can also contribute directly to the conservation and preservation of the Center’s collections for future generations of students and scholars. You can designate which collection you would like to help preserve, the Archives, Library, or Museum. Or you can support our scholars!


The Center’s archival holdings of photographs, films, maps, documents, and memorabilia related to Colorado’s Western Slope and the Four Corners region is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the country focusing on Native Americans, mining, ranching, agriculture, railroads and the development of the Southwest. Donations made to the Archives will support ongoing preservation projects, digitization of negatives, photographs and maps. Or consider funding a public history student internship to help with these ongoing endeavors!


The Robert Delaney Southwest Research Library houses an open-stack book and periodical collection relating to the history, anthropology, archaeology, art and cultures of the Southwest. Donations to the Delaney Library can help us grow and maintain these collections.


The Center’s Museum is home to The Durango Collection® of Navajo, Puebloan and Hispano textiles, along with baskets, Pueblo pottery, sculpture, paintings and works on paper representing the multi-cultural artistic expressions along with historic artifacts representative of the Southwest’s dynamic heritage. The Center offers a free public space, unique among our peer institutions, where we feature our extensive collections in exciting interpretive exhibitions throughout the year.


Maybe you’d be surprised to know that a lot of what we do is training students! We couldn’t do the work we do without them, in turn – they gain real world skills to add to their resumes. These experiences often carry them into their careers or graduate studies. Our Internship fund allows us to pay students a small stipend for the work they do.

The Center has also been successful in attracting doctoral students who make contributions to the Center’s research projects as well as serving as a role model for students while teaching at Fort Lewis College. Contribute to the Doctoral Fellowship program and continue to bring talented young scholars to the Center and the Fort Lewis College campus.

Other Ways to Give


Become a member for extra perks while you support our free public programming!

Donating Your Collections

We accept a variety of in-kind donations. These include:

  • Documents, Photographs, and Maps
  • Books and Periodicals
  • Artifacts and Art

If your personal collection needs a new home, please click here to learn how to donate them.


Delaney Library: Mon - Fri 10 am - 4 pm or by appointment
Exhibit Gallery: Mon - Fri 1 - 4 pm or by appointment

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

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Phone Numbers

Main Office: 970-247-7456
Library Reference Desk: 970-382-6982
Archives: 970-247-7126
College Records: 970-382-6951
Museum: 970-247-7359

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