The collections held by the Naropa University Archives document the memory of Naropa University since it was founded in 1974. The collections include a wide variety of materials relating to the University, including official records created in the University's daily operations, organizational records, course syllabi, photographs, publications, and video and audio recordings.
The collections contain material from a number of departments within the University, including Religious Studies, Writing and Poetics, Contemplative Psychology, Performance, Visual Arts, Eastern Traditional Arts, Early Childhood Education, Music, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Environmental Studies. Some of the leading scholars and teachers represented in the collections include Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, R.D. Laing, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Father Thomas Keating, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Mother Tessa Bielecki, Ed Podvoll, Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, a host of post-modern literary artists, and a number of leading avant garde musicians and performance artists.
The University Archives encourages the use of its holdings by the Naropa community and the public. Finding aids that provide a descriptive guide outlining the arrangement of a collection are available to aid researchers.