In January 2003 the Bessemer Historical Society received the donation of the vast archives of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company, from Rocky Mountain Steel Mills, a division of Evraz Oregon Steel. The CF&I Archives include over 100,000 photographs, more than 150 films, 30,000 maps and drawings, hundreds of ledgers, and internal publications such as Camp and Plant, The Industrial Bulletin, and The Blast.
These are in addition to the core collection of approximately 6000 cubic feet of records documenting CF&I’s steel production, iron and coal mining, geological records, labor relations, land and water resources, employee records, invoices and work orders, executive memoranda, correspondence, and much more, documenting every aspect of the company’s rich history.
Much of the collection is processed only at a basic box level. More detailed processing has progressed on specific record groups, including Industrial Relations, Mines and Quarries, and Land and Water. The currently available finding aids may be found on the Rocky Mountain Online Archive.
- To appraise, collect, organize, provide access, and preserve archival materials and secondary resource materials illustrating the origins, growth and development of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company, its previous incarnations, and its subsidiary companies and corporations.
- To provide appropriate conditions and facilities for the retention, protection, and preservation of these 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 other outreach programs.