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Collection on Legislation

Identifier: ULEG

Scope and Contents

The Collection on Legislation consists of documents dated 1855 to 1949, with the bulk falling from 1889 to 1915, and includes copies of Colorado legislative acts. It also includes related publications that detail particular legislation. The selection of legislation in the collection includes laws that would have impacted the university, students, or faculty and staff. There is also a small collection of legislation from the state of Michigan.


  • Creation: 1855-1949
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1889-1915


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


In 1870, the Colorado territorial government established an agricultural college in Fort Collins, Colorado. As determined by the federal Morrill Act, this college was to create instruction in the areas of agricultural and mechanical arts. Overseen by a government appointed State Board of Agriculture, the State Agricultural College opened its doors in 1879. Members of the Board of Agriculture, now known as the Board of Governors, are appointed by the Governor of the State of Colorado and confirmed by the Colorado Senate. Legislation governing Colorado State University and the Colorado State University System is passed through the state government and implemented by the Board of Governors.


0.25 linear feet (1 document case)

Language of Materials



As a state institution, Colorado State University is subject to laws and regulations created by the Colorado government. The Collection on Legislation includes historical copies of state legislation, as well as related publications.


The arrangement applied by the first archival processor was maintained.

The collection consists of 2 series in 1 document case:

Series 1: State of Colorado legislation, 1862-1949 and undated

Series 2: State of Michigan legislation, 1855-1873

Custodial History

The materials were assembled by CSU history professor Dr. James E. Hansen in the early 1970s to support his research into institutional history. This collection is the result of weeding performed by Dr. Hansen in 1996.


The Collection on Legislation was acquired by the Libraries between 1972 and 1973 from James Hansen.

Related Collections

Papers of James E. Hansen II, University Archives, Colorado State University.


The collection was first processed by Michael Myzia, a student technician at Colorado State University. Sarah Lillis rehoused materials into acid-free folders and an archival box in July 2015. Paper clips were removed and most of the folders were retitled for clarity.

Guide to the Collection on Legislation
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Sarah Lillis
Copyright 2015
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA