Photo | Aspen Historical Society

Collecting Area History

Donate to the AHS Collection

AHS maintains collections for preservation, exhibition, education, and research. For more information about donating to the collection, please reference the Donation Information Sheet.

  • Donors will be required fill out and sign a Deed of Gift transferring legal ownership of the collection to AHS.
  • AHS reserves the right to decline or remove submissions of duplicative, inappropriate, or irrelevant nature and is not obligated to preserve all donated content in perpetuity.

Please contact our Curator to determine if your items meet our collection criteria.


Phone : 970.925.3721 x 110
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What Do We Collect?


  • Slide transparencies, photographic prints, born digital image, digital only images, lantern slides, and film, glass plate negatives, photo albums, and more.


  • All types of three dimensional items pertaining to local historical periods including mining, ranching, and skiing equipment, textiles, household accessories, and furniture, etc.


  • Published books, yearbooks, city directories, telephone books, etc.

Archival Materials

  • All types of written material including published items such as programs, brochures, schedules, posters, maps, newspapers, periodicals, etc. as well as manuscripts, theses, scrapbooks, diaries, correspondence, annual reports, transcripts, etc.

Audio and Video

  • Moving footage including 16mm film, 8 mm film, DVDs, digital formats, and video tape in all formats.
  • Audio collections contains cassette tapes, CDs, and digital formats.