Photo | Robert M. Chamberlain Collection

Online Archives

AHS operates one of the largest public archives on the Western Slope featuring historical photographs, papers, maps, and priceless artifacts from every era of the area’s history that are preserved according to archival best practices as a community resource.

The online archives contains the majority of the AHS collection, comprising tens of thousands of digitized items that offer the perfect companion to any researcher, historian, educator, or curious mind.

One 2.25" negative and 2.5x2.5" b/w photograph (contact) of attendees entering the Saarinen Music Tent (Saarinen) built for the Goethe Bicentennial Convocation with an airplane flying overhead, circa 1950. The Saarinen tent was used 1949-1964.
Photo | Loey Ringquist Collection

Browse Photos & Archives

Search the archives by keyword, date, collection, or other advanced search terms. For research assistance, contact an archivist at or 970.925.3721.

Most Popular Images

One b/w photograph of two men standing in a stope in the Smuggler Mine with cribbing used to support the walls and ceiling, circa 1890.

Mining & Victorian

One b/w photograph of a man driving a team of horses that is pushing a grain header, that cut and bound the grain. The photo is from the Gerbaz Ranch, and the man is identified as J.J. Gerbaz. 1920- (binding oats)
Photo | Gerbaz Collection

Ranching & Quiet Years

One b/w photograph of Aspen Institute seminar participants relaxing and studying in the Marble Sculpture Garden at the Aspen Meadows. The sculpture garden was designed by Herbert Bayer and installed in 1955.
Photo | Margaret Durrance Collection

Midcentury & Culture

One b/w negative of Jim Barry of Aspen competing in the third annual Interstellar Gelaendesprung (Geländesprung) event on the 25-meter Willoughby Jump. This image is in the Aspen Illustrated News on February 18, 1965 (page 1).
Photo | David Hiser Collection

Skiing & Recreation

Research Inquiries

AHS archivists are available for research assistance, contact the Archives Office to make an appointment.


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Collections of Interest

One 2.25" negative and b/w photograph of Gale Spence standing in a snow-covered field near Midway. His are the only tracks in the photo, 1952-.
Photo | Loey Ringquist Collection



Moving Images


One color slide transparency of Fred Iselin and his St. Bernard named Mumbo, circa 1960. Fred is wearing a brightly colored striped hat and a red sweater.

Directories & Records


One b/w close-up portrait of Elizabeth Paepcke, 1992. taken by Kathleen Krieger Daily
Photo | Quiet Years Collection

Oral Histories


Map that shows the proposed runs and lifts on Mt. Hayden. Part of the discussion by Andre Roch on the development of Ashcroft as a ski area and the proposed ski lifts to access the area. Includes map of proposed runs and lift locations, and has an additional three fold map, that is no longer attached, of a panoramic view of the areas peak labeled and the proposed runs and lifts. Survey was conducted in the winter of 1937, report given later that year.
Photo | Ted Ryan Collection

Fellowship Papers


One b/w negative of Herbert Bayer at his Red Mountain home, 1965. This image is related to an article in the Aspen Illustrated News on June 11, 1965 (page 1), announcing that Bayer was the recipient of the second annual Trustee's Award from the Aspen Institute (the first had gone to Elizabeth Paepcke in 1964). The article covers Bayer's background in detail.
Photo | David Hiser Collection



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