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University of Denver Historic Maps Special Collection

Identifier: M345


This collection contains maps assembled for interpretive use in support of the various collections, and illustration of the areas in which the various University of Denver campus buildings have been located over time.


  • 1849-1958

Language of Materials

Chiefly in English, with one in French.

Biographical / Historical

The University Archives were originally established upon Chancellor Moore's appeal during AY 1895-96 for copies of University publications issued in previous years, particularly since the resumption of classes in 1880. Various rare book and manuscript collections have been received by the University Libraries at least since the 1920s, and possibly earlier. The Ira M. Beck Memorial Archives (now the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History) was established in 1976 in memory of Denver businessman Ira M. Beck. It was a joint program of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society and the University of Cenver Center for Judaic Studies, and in 1992 became a official part of the Department of Special Collections and Archives.


2.75 Linear Feet (2 flat boxes)

Scope and Contents

Covers geographic areas represented in the various Special Collections, with emphasis on the state of Colorado and the Denver metro area. Chiefly original nineteenth and early twentieth century published maps, with some printed and digital reproductions.


Once cataloged, the maps are arranged by LC call number in three drawers: G3180-G4302, G4310-G4314 (Colorado maps), and G4320-G9980. The remainder of the collection is unarranged.


Further purchases are contemplated.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
(303) 871-3428