Corporate records, films, photographs, artifacts, maps and drawings from the CF&I collection are housed in the historic main office building of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Corporation. This vast collection offers a wealth of information relating to labor history, history of industry, mining, land and water resources, railroads, and corporate history.
The collection also includes records of general historical interest and of personal employee history. It traces the history of the huge enterprise that began as the Colorado Coal and Iron Company, which in turn is the history of Southern Colorado.
With generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and many others, the Bessemer Historical Society is preserving these records, making them accessible to researchers, and interpreting them in exhibits at the Steelworks Museum of Industry and Culture. When completed, this archive will be one of a rare handful of such collections in the United States. Much of the work is being accomplished with the help of a fantastic crew of volunteers and students.
Future plans include an expanded museum and a state-of-the art archives research center to serve scholars, students, family historians and life-long learners.
Your support for this important project is greatly appreciated. Go to Make a Financial Donation to help support our work.