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Photographs are wonderful primary sources. The strongest areas of photographic holdings in the University Archives are:
- University of Denver faculty, students, and other individuals associated with DU - arranged alphabetically in our "University of Denver Biographical Files," which are available on-site only.
- Our "University of Denver Historical Photograph Collection." A portion of this collection has been digitized and is available online. It includes:
- University of Denver campus departments, offices, and organizations.
- University of Denver traditions.
- University of Denver buildings.
When working with photographs, you should be prepared for/aware of a few things:
- You may be asked to wear gloves to protect the chemical surface of the photograph from the oils of your fingertips.
- Copyrighted photographs are mixed in with photographs for which the University of Denver owns the copyright. This can be an issue if reproductions are desired for other than personal use.
- Not all photographs are dated. This can be frustrating; sometimes detective work can help you (what vintage are the cars? what buildings are in the photograph? what people, and what are their life dates?, etc.). We can help with this - just ask!
- When using a photograph for research, consider: what was just beyond the frame of this photo? who took the photo and did they have an agenda? are the details informative?
Chancellor's Papers Finding Aids
Records of University of Denver offices are primarily closed to researchers from outside the records' office of origin; however, researchers can request permission to access specific files. It is often best to start this phase of your research by talking to archives staff. Send us an e-mail at email@example.com or give us a call at 303-871-3428.
Faculty and Alumni Papers
Faculty and alumni papers more closely represent personal papers than office records. These collections -- sometimes volumnious and at other times quite small -- document the personal experiences of various aspects of life, work, and academic pursuits at the University of Denver.
Some of these papers can be found through the catalog, while others are not yet catalogued. When in doubt, please contact the archives staff and ask!
Below are finding aids for notable faculty papers:
Newspapers, Magazines, and Yearbooks
University of Denver Magazine
Started in 2000, the University of Denver Magazine is a publication by the Division of Marketing and Communications. The purpose of the magazine is "to engage and connect its readers to each other and to the University and support the University’s efforts to contribute to a sustainable common good." The University of Denver Magazine is available online
and in print.
The University of Denver Profiles "is the official fact book of the University of Denver and provides the most commonly reported information about students, faculty, and institutional operations." It is published by the Office of Institutional Research, and has current issues available online
The Kynewisbok is the student yearbook at the University of Denver first published in 1894. It documents the photos of each class as well as organizations on campus and student life. The publication was no longer published after 2002. Print issues are available at the University of Denver Special Collections and Archives.
The Clarion is the student newspaper at the University of Denver. It was first published in 1891 under the title "University Clarion." It has changed names several times, and titles have included "Denver Clarion", "The Clarion", and simply "Clarion." The Clarion is now online
as well as in print form at the University of Denver Special Collections and Archives.
The "D-book" is an orientation handbook for freshman undergraduates at the University of Denver. It was first published around 1901 and continued until 1989. The handbook includes descriptions of traditions at the University, cheers and yells, campus maps and a student planner.
The University Bulletin was a course catalog as well as a place for recurring generic university publications. It was first published in 1895.