Archives

The AHS Online Archives is accessible to the public at archiveaspen.org. For research requests, please email archives@aspenhistory.org or call 970-925-3721×110.

The Archives Office will open on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Research visitors will be welcomed by appointment only: appointments are available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m, Monday – Friday, limited to one person at a time, for one-hour sessions. Required masking, social-distancing, and health safety measures will be strictly observed.*

Please email archives@aspenhistory.org or call 970.925.3721×103 to make an appointment.

*Click here for Pitkin County’s “5 commitments to containment,” additional local public health requirements, and more resources.

Location & Hours
620 West Bleeker Street (Adjacent to the Wheeler/Stallard Museum on the grounds of the Ruth Whyte Park)
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
For research requests, email archives@aspenhistory.org or call 970.925.3721×110 to make an appointment.
The Archives Office is closed for major holidays, including Friday, July 3, 2020 and Independence Day, Saturday, July 4, 2020, as well as Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Memorial Day.

About the Archives
AHS operates one of the largest public archives on the Western Slope featuring images, historical papers, maps, and priceless artifacts from every era of the area’s history. The AHS Archives and Collection include more than 70,500 historical items such as maps of 1800s mining claims, ledgers, oral histories, moving images, the entire Aspen Times newspaper archive since 1881, close to 50,000 historical images, over 7,600 objects, and more. AHS ensures items are preserved according to archival best practices for the benefit of the community. The Collection grows each year, as do the number of archival consultations.

The public is invited to use the archives as a resource, for researching anything from genealogy to birth certificates to land use records. Archivists are available for research assistance (appointments are recommended). In addition, AHS manages an ever-growing online collection at archiveaspen.org where the public can search by keyword, or purchase photo prints.

Research assistance and access to the Archives is available by appointment, email archives@aspenhistory.org or call 970.925.3721×110.

Community Gallery
The Community Gallery is a multi-use space located on the first floor of the Archives Building. The room is available by appointment for use as a meeting space, contact travis@aspenhistory.org to reserve. The Community Gallery also features rotating displays highlighting works from the AHS Collection.

On display beginning Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Maps Through the Decades features historical maps of many varieties from the AHS Archives. From mining claims to trail maps, the new display presents a curated selection of the extensive AHS map collection. The display features maps as functional works of art from 1870 through 1970, celebrating the creation process of maps such as the Hayden Geological Survey and illustrating how maps shaped the evolution of the area from wildlands to mining camp to modern mountain town.

The Community Gallery is open during Archives Building hours, however it is best to call ahead to confirm access in case there are meetings or gatherings in the room that prohibit viewing of the display. 

Building History & The AHS Campaign
The replica carriage house was built in 1977. A major renovation was completed in 2017, funded by the AHS Campaign, which raised $1 million in capital expenses for the critical renovation project. Thanks to the collective generosity of many, the Archive Building now features community space for exhibitions, educational programming, and events; a 35% increase in collection storage capacity; a state-of-the-art climate control system and advanced hazard-protection system to safeguard our collection; and additional space for offices. AHS celebrated the renovation of the Archive Building with a Grand Opening and Community Celebration, on July 14, 2017 with over 400 community members. The renovation allowed AHS to best protect the Collection, display more artifacts, and host additional and larger educational programs and lectures.

Click on the images below for a larger view and details of the renovated Archive Building.