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Institute for Archival Studies Records

Identifier: U221


The Institute of Archival Studies was a joint program of the History Department and the School of Librarianship at the University of Denver in cooperation with the State of Colorado. The Director of the program was Dolores C. Renze, State Archivist of Colorado and associate professor, Department of History, University of Denver. The purpose was to provide training for historians and librarians in the principles of archival management and records administration.This collection contains the records of the Institute of Archival Studies until its closure in 1980.


  • 1948-1980


Biographical / Historical

Beginning in 1949 the History Department and the School of Librarianship at the University of Denver were sending their students to the Colorado State Archives for internships. In 1952 the two departments began offering archives administration courses to their graduate students.

In 1962, the official bulletin of the Summer Session listed an Institute of Archival Studies being offered through the History Department. The Institute was a joint program between the History Department and the School of Librarianship, in cooperation with the State of Colorado. The professor was Dolores C. Renze, who was also the Colorado State Archivist. Dolores Renze continued to direct the program until its last year in 1980.

The Institute provided training in managing and processing archives and manuscript collection. Each year students would process collections of the University or the State of Colorado and learn to organize and describe archival material.


39.5 Linear Feet (80 containers)


The collection is unarranged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Institute for Archival Studies at an unknown date.


No further accruals are expected.


There are no accession records for this material. The inventory that was done in 2005 had many duplications, so the numbering of the containers is not consistent and will need to be fixed when processed.

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

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