Archives, Collections and Research

^ The AHS archives

Explore the extensive Archives and Collections of artifacts, photographs, oral histories, newspapers from 1881, manuscripts, films and videos. Location: Wheeler/Stallard Carriage House

Archive Library and Carriage House Collections: By appointment only / Call 925-3721, ext. 103 or

Wheeler/Stallard Museum & Annex: an imposing Queen Anne style home built in 1888 which has been renovated as an exhibit hall. Wheeler/Stallard Museum On-line Tour and exhibits

Archives/Collections/Research: In the Wheeler/Stallard Museum Annex which is home to an ever burgeoning collection of artifacts, over 20,000 photographs, 478 oral histories, manuscripts, film and videos.

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Collections Scope

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The Glass Plate Negative Collection: with over 400 glass plate negatives in its archives, the Aspen Historical Society owns one of the largest and finest collections in Colorado.
Portrait of an Era Collection

Search the Aspen Weekly Times from 1881 – 1897
Thanks to the Colorado Digitization Project and the Pitkin Co. Library
Collections Update
Thanks to the following for donations to the Aspen Historical Society's collections from Nov. 2000 – Oct. 2002:
Richard Angus
Aspen Music Festival & School
The Aspen Times
the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club
Danny Abbott
Katherine Ayres
Carl Bergman
Robert Blaich
Kyra Brendlinger
Lyn Byars
City of Aspen Community Development Dept.
Suzanne Clarke
Marcia Corbin
William Cox
Andrew Doremus
Larry Fredrick
Merrill Ford
Lisa Hancock
Kathy Hansen
Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
The Hotel Jerome
Ann Hodges
Jim Jackson and Velocity Peak, Inc.
Richard and Montae Johnson
Kansas State Historical Society
Joan Lane
Denis Lane
Betty Jane Seschen
Kiefer Mendenhall
Molly McKinley
John Moore
KNCB Moore
Pitkin Co. Library
Denise Rich
Edith Resnick
Pete Seibert
Edward Sweeney
Kiyoko Tagagi
Whipple Van Ness Jones, Jr.
Sandy Wampler and
Jim Baker
Martha Waterman

In the fall of 2000, the AHS received a wonderful donation of over 10,200 images from the Aspen Times. These range through the 1970s and 80s, and will greatly enhance our collection for those time periods. A $15,000 challenge grant to fund the cataloguing of the Aspen Times collection has been received from the Aspen Valley Community Foundation made possible by the generosity of the Aspen Skiing Company and many individual contributors. However, the Aspen Historical Society still needs to raise money to match this amount. If you would like to help us reach our goal, call Tim McElroy at ext. 110.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Fred & Elli Iselin Foundation cataloging has begun on the 600 objects in the Steve Knowlton ski collection.

Ferenc (Franz) Berko has donated 1279 publicity images taken during 1948 and 1949. These photos are currently being evaluated and cataloged. It’s a marvelous collection of images.

Many of these newly acquired images need identification. If you are interested in helping with this project, call 925-3721, ext. 110.

AHS has received a collection of pictures, letters and written materials related to area schools from Rifle to Aspen and the Anderson Family from Burt Anderson, the son of Hildur Anderson, a noted and beloved former Aspenite now living in Arizona. (9/99)
Do you have an artifact related to Aspen's history that you would like to donate to the Aspen Historical Society? Contact us at and tell us about it.