Colorado State Archives exists to ensure the preservation of the State’s permanent legal records and information and to promote their use by the citizens of Colorado. They are the legal repository for selected historical and contemporary records and information generated by state and local governments in Colorado.


Colorado State Archives mission is safeguarding the administrative and documentary history of Colorado by managing, collecting, preserving, and providing access to state and local government records.

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Archives Monthly Spotlight

State Archives Celebrates Colorado Day

Colorado State Bagpiper on steps inside the State Capitol Atrium

As Colorado Day at the State Capitol kicked off with the State Bagpiper playing on the steps of the Atrium under the high-hanging U.S. and State Flags, the Colorado State Archives shared some interesting facts with many visitors from all over the state, country, and foreign travelers. From the State Amphibian, the State Reptile, and the State Flower, to our very own state-related Human Cannibal/Alfred Packer and old ledgers showing Civil War record entries of Colorado’s participation in the western territories part of the Civil War, Colorado State Archives shared their knowledge at the State Capitol on August 1, 2022, for the 146th Celebration of Colorado Day. State Archives has tons of interesting historical records and collections you may not have known to exist.





March 25, 2021
As of April 1, 2020, Colorado State Archives will be closed to in-person assistance and the 1313 Sherman building will be locked down. While our building is closed to the public because of COVID-19, we are still open for business for Coloradans.
August 10, 2020
As of August 10, 2020, Colorado State Archives will be closed to unscheduled walk-in in-person assistance and the 1313 Sherman building will be locked down. While our building is closed to the public because of COVID-19, we are still open for business for Coloradans.
March 17, 2020
Starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020, State Archives will not be accepting walk-in visitors or same-day appointments until further notice. We are asking our customers to make appointments for the Research Center 24 hours in advance. We will continue to process requests, although you may experience a delay in turnaround time.