620 West Bleeker Street (Behind the Wheeler/Stallard Museum)
Hours of Operation:
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday*
For research assistance, please call 970.925.3721 to make an appointment.
*The Archive Office will be closed on Thursday, December 14, 2018 as well as Monday, December 24th – Tuesday, January 1st.
Located on the grounds of Ruth Whyte Park, adjacent to the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, the Archive Building is home to the Society’s archives and a good portion of the Collection. The replica house was built in 1977 and in 2017, AHS completed a $1 million renovation of the Archive Building. Thanks to the collective generosity of many, the Archive Building now features community space for exhibitions, educational programming, and events; a 35% increase in our 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.
Currently on display in the Community Gallery, “Chamberlain’s Aspen” features photographs curated from Robert Chamberlain’s collection of Aspen images that he donated to AHS in 2017. The photographic display tells the story of a community of young ski bums evolving slowly and sometimes gracefully into Aspen old-timers. An Aspen resident since 1958, Bob began his photographic career documenting the character and characters of his adopted home town. His first published work graced the cover of SKI Magazine Annual in 1962 and he was a frequent contributor to many local and regional publications. Aspen Historical Society is grateful to Bob for the thoughtful donation of this Aspen photographic collection to our archives. The full collection of images is available at ArchiveAspen.org.
AHS operates one of the largest public archives on the Western slope, an invaluable public resource for the local and regional community. A significant portion of the Collection is housed in the Archive Building, including over 30,000 archival images and papers as well as many of the 6,000-plus artifacts that have been accessioned by the Society for the benefit of the community.
The public is invited to use the archives for research, for anything from genealogy to birth certificates to historic land use records. Archive technicians are available for research assistance, appointments are recommended. In addition, over 20,000 historical images from the AHS Collection can be searched and purchased online at ArchiveAspen.org.