History

Fire and flood: Preserving history of natural disasters

November 13, 2013

The Colorado State University Libraries are now collecting documents related to the recent Colorado floods and wildfires.

The 2012 Colorado wildfires and 2013 floods were immediately recognized as historic. Many people documented their experiences of these natural disasters through photographs, videos, or written descriptions. These kinds of documents are of great interest to people studying the floods and wildfires, both now and in the future.

To make sure this important material is preserved, the Water Resources Archive and the Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive at the Colorado State University Libraries are now collecting documents related to the recent Colorado floods and wildfires.

Items of interest for the archives include: 

  • Photos, videos, audio recordings, letters/emails, websites, scrapbooks and journals from survivors, first responders, or anyone else with firsthand experience
  • Photos, correspondence, brochures and reports describing recovery efforts and fundraising events
  • Maps or aerial photography showing affected areas before, during, or after the floods or wildfires
  • Data collected about the wildfires, storms, floods, and aftermath, as well as any subsequent reports written

If you would like to submit materials, please note:

  • Both hard copy and electronic materials will be accepted.
  • Materials should have accompanying identification, such as dates, places, people's names.
  • The entire geographic area of the floods or wildfires is of interest, not just Fort Collins or Larimer County.
  • Newspapers from the height of the floods or wildfires and aftermath have already been collected.
  • Donations can be made now or anytime in the future. We expect these to be growing collections for some time.

The recent disasters changed lives, businesses, and the Colorado landscape. Preserving important documentation that would not otherwise be preserved elsewhere will help future citizens, planners, and researchers understand and learn from the experience.

For more information or to make a contribution to the archives, please contact:

For Colorado flood documents
Patty Rettig
Water Resources Archive
Colorado State University
Morgan Library
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1019
Patricia.Rettig@ColoState.edu
970-491-1939

For Colorado wildfire documents
Linda Meyer
Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive
Colorado State University
Morgan Library
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1019
Linda.Meyer@ColoState.edu
970-491-4692


Contact: Patty Rettig
E-mail: patricia.rettig@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-1939