American Alpine Club library contains one of the Top Ten Collections in Library collections in Colorado

You can listen to Colorado Public Radio Colorado Matters talk about the collection today, Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM here, go to the bottom of the page and click on News, turn your speakers on.

The AAC library is a special place for climbers, mountaineers and Coloradans. It should be on any visitors to do list if you are heading to this great state.

Colorado’s Top 10 Significant Artifacts selected by public vote Denver, Colorado,

Winners of the 2013 Colorado’s Top 10 Significant Artifacts campaign was announced today.

Colorado Connecting to Collections sponsors the Top 10 Significant Artifacts campaign “to honor and recognize Colorado’s cultural heritage organizations that care and preserve documents, films, diaries, books and other artifacts.

Each item tells a story and collectively, represent the diverse history of Colorado.” The general public voted on the Top 10 and a committee of well-­known historians, museum directors, archivists and librarians selected 17 additional artifacts as campaign Honoree’s.

To view all finalists, honorees and the stories behind each, go to http://collectioncare.auraria.edu and click Read More at the bottom of the home page.

COLORADO’S 2013 TOP 10 SIGNIFICANT ARTIFACTS ARE20Ellingwood - AAC Library

1.      Albert Ellingwood’s journal and scrapbook: American Alpine Club Library, American Mountaineering Center, Golden

2.     Denver & Rio Grande Western 346 steam locomotive: Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden

3.     Kit Carson’s will: Pueblo City-­County Library District

4.     Yucca woven sandal from Franktown Cave: University of Denver Museum of Anthropology

5.     1860 Archbishop Lamy / Joseph Machebeuf documents: Archdiocese of Denver, Archives

6.     Colorado’s last know grizzly bear, the Wiseman Grizzly: Denver Museum of Nature & Science

7.     Ute boy’s cradleboard: Ute Pass Historical Society, Woodland Park

8.     Film depicting discovery of 1st projectile point in mammoth ribs in Colorado: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

9.     Ute Indian Leader Ouray’s pipe and pipe bag: History Colorado, Denver

10.    Colorado River Compact Agreement: Water Resources Archive, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

11.    The Colorado Connecting to Collections initiative is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The grant operates under the direction of the Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library and is a collaborative partnership with the Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM), the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA), the Colorado State Library (CSL) and History Colorado.

Too understand a little more why the Albert Ellingwood’s Journals are so important go to: Albert Ellingwood’s Journal and Scrapbook.

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