About Archives & Special Collections

Naropa University Archives and Special Collections holds more than 4,000 books and over 800 linear feet of archival materials. The strengths of our collections include: small press chapbooks and periodicals covering literary works related to Post-War American Poetics, the Outrider Movement, and the Beats. Additionally, we have many holdings of works related to Tibetan Buddhism, including Tibetan Books and the history and arts of Tibet.

As the University Archives, our primary mission is to collect, organize, make accessible, and preserve records documenting Naropa University's foundation, development, and growth from small Buddhist institution into a fully accredited university. It is the official repository for the institutional memory of Naropa University, including records pertaining to academic programs and departments, University administration, alumni activities, and student life.

Naropa University is committed to effective records retention to preserve its history; meet requirements; optimize the use of space; and minimize the cost and liability of improper record retention. This Records Retention Schedule is applicable to every department and office on the Naropa University campuses.

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