Our History – The Objects & Records

Dear Aspen Historical Society community,

We have been closely monitoring the local COVID-19 situation as it develops. History has taught us that an abundance of caution can minimize the effects of a pandemic. Thus, in keeping with local, regional, and federal public health guidelines, we have decided to temporarily close the Wheeler/Stallard Museum and the Archive Building to the public. We will also suspend our public tour schedule and postpone upcoming events until further notice.* We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to reopen and resume regular operations as soon as it is deemed advisable to do so.

In the meantime, AHS remains committed to proactive strategies and transparent communication to ensure the safest experience possible for our guests and staff. We will communicate any future announcements via aspenhistory.org, our social media networks, and email communications. For specific questions, please call 970.925.3721 or email [email protected]

For an engaging way to explore Aspen history while we are closed, we invite you to explore our online archive at archiveaspen.org where you can search our extensive historical photo collection in addition to records, newspapers, and more.

The health and safety of our visitors, local residents, and staff remain our primary focus. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this rapidly developing situation. And, as always, thank you for your support.

It is the Aspen Historical Society’s goal to provide electronic access to our collection. While we currently have 12,427 archival records, 1158 books in our specialty library, 7,642 3-D objects, and 49,124 photographic records, we understand this may be too much for most researchers. Please enjoy browsing through the selected records we have provided. If you need help or do not find what you are looking for, contact us at 970.925.3721 x103 or email [email protected].

Want To Donate To Our Collection? The Society maintains collections for preservation, exhibition, education and research. The Society attempts to preserve collections geographically representative of Pitkin County, but also includes Marble, Colorado. Chronologically, collections encompass Prehistoric people through present day and are represented by both three-dimensional and two-dimensional artifacts. Please contact our Curator to determine if your items meet our collection criteria at 970.925.3721 x110 or email [email protected]

Explore Our Collection: The electronic pieces of our collection are available with thanks and support in part by awards from the Pitkin County Library, the Aspen Times, the Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives Records Administration, the Thrift Shop of Aspen, the Iselin Foundation, as well as many other generous contributors. Thank you.

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