The physical 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.

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Naropa University is funding an ongoing effort to preserve all institutional audio and video. This continually growing resource contains approximately 2,000 audio recordings and once complete will contain over 11,000 audio and video recordings from our institutional archives. Enter the Naropa University Digital Archives.

The Naropa audio tape collection consists of over six thousand tapes of events at Naropa University over its forty year life span. These tapes record seminal events in the world of education and the arts, including important writers, teachers, and religious leaders. The collection grows every year, as new conferences, the Summer Writing Program, and visiting faculty workshops and lectures are recorded and added to the collections.