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Finding Aids/Inventories

Finding Aid

A finding aid is a document that assists researchers in navigating a large archival collection. It usually provides a biography of the individual who created the collection, a chronology, a brief overview of the material, and a folder-by-folder list of contents. Finding aids for distinct collections will be added to this site as they become available.

Virginia and Gilbert McClurg Collection: Documents relating to the Colorado Cliff Dwellings Association and the preservation of the Anasazi ruins in Southwestern Colorado (approximately 17 pages)

Elsie Queen Nicholson Collection: Personal papers and correspondence relating to Colorado Springs’ founder W.J. Palmer, the donor’s grandfather (approximately 11 pages)

Charles C. Pauly Collection: Personal papers, business and financial materials, family records, ephemera.

Dorothy Heller Collection: Scrapbooks, photographs, ephemera.

Edith Bixby Love Collection: Personal Correspondence, printed material.

L. E. Ellinwood Collection: Topical Files, slides, audio materials, books, newspapers.

Knutson Bowers Collection: Photographs, theatre programs, ephemera.

Lois Crouch Collection: Manuscripts, notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs.

Nellie Burget Miller Collection: Personal Papers, correspondence, ephemera.

Tim Nicholson Collection: Books, photographs, correspondence, ephemera.

Areba Jackson Collection: Correspondence, publications, artwork, certificates.


An inventory contains information about the types of material in a collection and the subject matter to which it relates. It is less detailed than a finding aid. The following are inventories of collections held by SCLH.

Charles Damrow Collection: Certificates, cheques, prints, photographs.

Dean and Peg Edwards Collection: Sheet music, photographs, books.

Elizabeth Shafer Collection: School papers, correspondence, photographs.

Frederick Boothroyd Collection: Correspondence, photographs, programs.

Iles Family Collection: Correspondence, photographs, manuscript.

Mathews Collection: Correspondence, photographs, ephemera.

Montgomery-Mansfield Collection: Correspondence, photographs, ephemera.

Pope Collection: Negatives, photographs, books.

Time Capsule Collection: Books, photographs, scrapbooks.

Vera Gang Scott Collection: Negatives, photographs, correspondence.

Walton Family Collection: Negatives, photographs, correspondence.

Yearbook Inventory: Yearbooks

Save Outdoor Sculpture Collection: Documents, published materials, images.


Setting up a research appointment:

Please look through CSPM’s database, manuscript collections, photograph collections, and maps and blueprints. Once you identify resources to help your research, contact the Starsmore Center for Local History: Include any names, dates, businesses and other information to help clarify your research topic. We receive dozens of requests each week and work to answer the requests in a timely manner. Please allow 7-10 business days for a response. Appointments may need to be scheduled several weeks in advance.