Archives Collecting

1. Introduction

The Steelworks Center of the West (SCW) is the steward for the CF&I Archives Collection. It is also an archival repository for selected historical materials relating to Western mining, steel making, heavy industry, labor relations, immigration, and the land and water resources associated with CF&I.

2. Mission and purpose

The mission of the Archives is:

  • To appraise, collect, organize, provide access, and preserve archival materials and secondary resource materials illustrating the origins, growth and development of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, its previous incarnations, and its subsidiary companies and corporations.
  • To provide appropriate conditions and facilities for the retention, protection, and preservation of such records.
  • To provide regular reference services and access to individuals, organizations, or other groups interested in the collections.
  • To encourage the use of the collection and to increase the public awareness and appreciation of CF&I’s history through publications, exhibitions and a variety of other outreach programs.

3. Subject Scope

A.  Subject Areas Collected:

The primary focus is collecting materials relating to all aspects of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, its previous incarnations, and subsidiary and affiliate companies.

Of secondary importance is the acquisition of:

  • Archival materials and secondary resources relating to mining the raw materials for steel making, steel making processes and business, and heavy industry in the American West.
  • Archival materials and secondary resources relating to labor relations within heavy industry in the American West.
  • Archival materials and secondary resources relating to the economic, cultural and educational impacts of CF&I’s mining and steel making businesses.
  • Archival materials and secondary resources relating to the immigration of workers for heavy industry in the American West.
  • Archival materials and secondary resources relating to the land and water resources necessary for all of the business practices conducted by CF&I.
  • Archival materials and secondary resources relating to industrial medicine activities pioneered by CF&I.

B.  Geographic Areas of Collecting

The primary focus is on the Western United States, particularly Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah. Other regions will be considered depending upon their relevance to the primary and secondary collecting areas.

C. Chronological Periods Collected:

19th and 20th centuries, with particular attention to records created by CF&I up to 1993.

D.   Forms of Material Collected:

The CF&I Archives contains, and will acquire, materials in all formats, including monographs, manuscripts, maps, photographs, pamphlets, audio-visual materials, microforms and digital media.

Artifacts will be referred to the museum curator.

E.   Exclusions:

SCW will generally not accept material outside of the collecting guidelines.

4. Clientele

The Archives will make materials available to scholars, students, family historians, life-long learners, and all other researchers, subject to the SCW Access and Use Policy.

5. Current Status

The top priorities are to establish intellectual and physical control over the Colorado Fuel and Iron Archival Collection to enable access and preservation, and to refine the collection guidelines.

The archives staff will focus on processing and preserving current holdings.  New collections will be accepted with the understanding that they will be placed in a processing queue that gives preference to CF&I archival materials.

6. Deaccessions

Materials that do not contribute to the SCW mission may be subject to removal.  This includes materials that do not reflect the collecting areas of the SCW, duplicates and items that are too badly deteriorated to be maintained.  The SCW Board of Directors  must authorize any deaccessioning action. Items thus designated may be returned to the original donors, transferred to other archival repositories, sold or destroyed.