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Papers of Byron Winn

Identifier: UCBW

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Byron Winn consists of documents dated 1967 to 2007. The bulk of the collection contains papers and reports written by Winn as both a graduate student and researcher. Also included are professional papers related to his tenure on the Solar Rating and Certification Board, papers related to his time at Colorado State University teaching engineering, and Winn's many awards from a lifetime of achievement and service. His office papers are limited. For example, there is very little correspondence included in the collection.


  • Creation: 1967-2009


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.


Byron Winn (aka C. Byron Winn) was a pioneer and innovator for sustainable energy research in the American West. A professor emeritus at Colorado State University (CSU), Byron Winn wrote, taught, and studied mechanical engineering at CSU for over 30 years. His focus for engineering was always its application to real-world issues and challenges. During his tenure at CSU, Winn taught orbital mechanics during the 1960s space race with the Soviet Union. He was instrumental in the introduction and use of hand-held computers during the 1970s. However, it is Winn's work with the Solar Village at CSU that will be his lasting legacy. His solar research included the application of the full-scale implementation of solar heating principles conducted in houses constructed on the CSU foothills campus. He was principally responsible for building a world-class alternative energy program at CSU in the 1970s.

His career included teaching, mentoring, designing, and leading. Winn taught in the mechanical engineering department at CSU from 1970 until 2002. As a professional who was actively involved in energy research, Winn served on the boards of directors of the American Solar Energy Society, the International Solar Energy Society, the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, and the solar Rating and Certification Corporation. Winn also served as president and co-founder of the Solar Environmental Engineering Company. He consulted for many private and governmental agencies. In addition, Winn served as the General Chairman for the 1991 Solar World Congress held in Denver.

Winn was born in 1933 in Canton, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1958. The university named him a distinguished alumnus in 1984. His graduate degree was conferred at Stanford University in Aeronautical and Astrological Science. Winn and his wife, Donna had three children, Byron, Derek, and Julie. Winn passed away in July 2011.


7.5 linear feet (4 record cartons, 1 flat box)

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Byron Winn (1933-2011) played an instrumental role in the Solar Village, a full-scale implementation of solar heating principles, conducted on the Colorado State University foothills campus. He taught in the mechanical engineering department at CSU from 1970 until 2002. The bulk of the collection consists of papers and reports written by Winn. Also included are Winn's materials used in his engineering classes, and Winn's awards from his life of achievement and service. Materials include reports, publications, correspondence, and artifacts.


The collection consists of five series in four record cartons and one flat box:

Series 1: Professional papers by Winn, 1967-1998 and undated

Series 2: Reports, 1978-1980

Series 3: Office papers, 1984-2007

Series 4: Course work, 1973-2002

Series 5: Awards, 1967-2009


The Papers of Byron Winn was donated to CSU by Byron Winn in 2009 and 2010. Winn contacted Colorado State University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections department in order to donate items used in his research and teaching.


The project archivist completed a box inventory in March 2011. The materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and re-boxed in acid-free boxes. All paper clips and rubber bands were removed. Duplicates beyond a second copy were discarded.

Guide to the Papers of Byron Winn
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Amy Meger
Copyright 2011
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA