Colorado Outward Bound School

Collection number: MC 351 [Stored Offsite]
Size: (116 boxes) (116.00 cu.ft.)

About the Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS)

Outward Bound began in Wales, UK in 1941, opened by German educator Kurt Hahn and his benefactor, the shipping magnate Lawrence Holt. The first Outward Bound School in the U.S. opened in Marble, Colorado in June, 1962. Courses run from the Colorado base drew heavily on wilderness and adventure activities because of their proximity to the Rocky Mountains, the rising popularity of outdoor recreation in the U.S., the base’s primitive conditions, and the background of the staff, many of whom had served in the Army’s famed 10th Mountain Division. The Colorado Outward Bound School continues to operate as of 2019.

Additional resources include: James, T. (1980). Education at the edge: The Colorado Outward Bound School. Denver, CO: Colorado Outward Bound School; Miner, J., & Boldt, J. (2002). Outward Bound: Crew, not passengers. New York: William Morrow; Veevers, N., & Allison, P. (2011). Kurt Hahn: Inspirational, visionary, outdoor and experiential educator. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

About the COBS Collection

Materials contain administrative records, marketing materials, course reports, logistical records, correspondence, development materials, and program evaluations/research studies. Multimedia includes unprocessed films, DVDs, VHS recordings, slides, and photographs.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

This collection is housed in the Library Storage Building; prior arrangements are required for access to the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff for an appointment before visiting the Library.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], Colorado Outward Bound School Papers, 1962-2000, MC 351, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation of the Colorado Outward Bound School, March, 2016

  • Outward Bound USA & Joshua Miner papers at Phillips Andover Academy, Andover, MA
  • Dartmouth College Tucker Foundation Archives, Hanover, NH
  • Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Collection, Denver, CO
  • William Henry Byrd personal papers at JFK library, Boston, MA

Separated Material

Duplicates and unrelated material were removed.

Collection Arrangement

Original order was not discernable and an artificial order was imposed by subject and the collection was divided into six series. Efforts were made to maintain the integrity of related materials within the collection whenever possible.

Collection Contents

Series 1: Administrative Files

Box 1
Annual reports, financial records, business contracts
Box 2
Directors' reports, course outlines, concept papers, protocols, long range plans, meeting minutes, tax returns
Box 3
Strategic plans, board meeting / minutes, policies, diversity initiatives, mission statements, charter agreements
Box 4
Board meeting / minutes, trustees, applications, conference call notes, reports, job descriptions, internally-circulated memos, staffing records and personnel, evals and performance reviews
Box 5
Strategic plans, diversity initiatives, board meeting / minutes, policies, mission statements, trustees, charter agreements
Box 6
Policies, procedures, internally-circulated memos, planning, blank forms
Box 7
By-laws, team meeting minutes, year summaries, Operations Improvement Program, Charter Application Proposal (TIOBEC), standards, strategic plans, goals and objectives
Box 8
Manuals and handbooks, raft training, curriculum guides, protocols, 1968 onwards
Box 9
Manuals and handbooks, Logistics Manuals 1974 - 1999
Box 10
Manuals and handbooks, CD handbooks (training), course manuals, misc., 1968 - 1985
Box 11
Accident, incident, and fatality reports; staff development workshops, diversity training materials, staff training materials, policies, alumni info.
Box 12
Operations, policies
Box 13
Box 14
Permitting (1988 - 1990s); NPS correspondence
Box 15
Permitting; operations (e.g., vehicles)
Box 16
Invitationals; board relations; fundraising events; gifts; donors; weekends; auctions
Box 17
Annual dinners; invitationals; corporate giving; contributions; events; donors; foundation; projects
Box 18
Business contracts; expense records; payroll and timecard; building & loan; tax info.; inventory; budgeting; receipts
Box 19
Facilities; infrastructure; maps; contracts; Marble Base Camp; construction permits
Box 20
LMC; Logi Manual; Leadville Base logistical and infrastructure; facilities; water reports (e.g., testing); blueprints; construction

Series 2: Marketing, Media-Related Materials, Publications

Boxes 21-29 are internally generated materials while boxes 30-39 contain externally generated materials.

Box 21
Marketing plans; OBI activity; upcoming publication announcements; public relations; board reports; marketing communications; advert. Placements; telemarketing; pricing
Box 22
PR ideas; radio PSAs & commercials; news media releases; films, television (report, tapes, etc.); newspapers & magazines; national plans & proposals; consumer research; press kit; paid adverts.
Box 23
Sampling (e.g., state, sex, season, etc.); PSAs; marketing plans
Box 24
Memos; marketing research and reports; surveys; brochures; ads; mailing lists
Box 25
1980s - 1990s: event promotions; plans & pricing; distribution; memos; art, mock-ups; meetings; conflicts; OBI marketing
Box 26
"Beyond"; brochures; catalogues; misc. printed materials
Box 27
"Beyond"; newsletters; catalogues; brochures; flyers
Box 28
"Beyond"; bulletins; gazette; newsletters
Box 29
Enrollment 1993 - 1999
Box 30
Articles; clippings; R-Z misc./unsorted
Box 31
Newsletters; advertising; externally-generated articles
Box 32
Paid advertisements; Publications: articles, clippings; OBI; course brochure
Box 33
Articles; research & scholarship; diversity
Box 34
Articles; research & scholarship
Box 35
Externally-generated articles
Box 36
Externally-generated articles & clippings A - P
Box 37
Externally-generated articles; clippings; theses & dissertations; general interest
Box 38
Ext.-generated & General Interest; position papers; chapter drafts; articles; newspapers
Box 39
General Interest; research articles; position papers; theory (e.g., Walsh & Golins, James)

Series 3: Course Reports and Records

Box 40
Cookbooks; backcountry guides; initiatives & activities; facilitation
Box 41
Course planning; course area guides
Box 42
General materials: mixed years; Misc. (course area guides; scouting reports); curriculum
Box 43
Course Materials 1960s - 1972
Box 44
Course materials and reports 1970s; River Program
Box 45
Course Materials 1973-1984
Box 46
Course Reports 1982
Box 47
Course Reports 1987
Box 48
Permitting; itineraries; misc.; 1987 - 1988
Box 49
Complete, bound course reports; sea kayak & mountain courses; service report USNFS; 1986, 1989 course reports
Box 50
Course Reports 1989, 1992
Box 51
Unsorted course reports
Box 52
Unsorted course reports
Box 53
OB field guides; instructor handbooks
Box 54
Reports and Curricula: 1990s, 2000s: Misc.; Directors' Reports; Course Curriculum: Wilderness Leadership Manual
Box 55
Course reports, 1993-2000
Box 56
Course Reports, 2000s
Box 57
Complete, bound course reports; complete semester course binders; Holy Cross Course; collegiates; WSI Summer Semester

Series 4: Special Programs

Box 58
Expeditions; invitationals
Box 59
ELOB; expeditions; projects; OBI
Box 60
Expeditions: India, Nepal, Alaska, Ecuador; projects; programming
Box 61
Invitationals, 1983 - 1988
Box 62
Invitationals, 1989 - 1998
Box 63
Expeditions; projects: rafting, Big Bend, Grand Canyon, Zion, Chugach, Baja, Kenya
Box 64
Adult and Corporate Programs; management development course; Manpower Challenge; JobCorps Course; invitationals; expeditions
Box 65
Expeditions; invitationals; corporate programs (McDonald's, Dr. Pepper, etc.); USA Volleyball
Box 66
Mainstream programs '66 - '70
Box 67
Schools (secondary, private, national and state, special programs), c. 1968 - 1973
Box 68
Education (schools); CO Dept. of Ed.; CO State Committee; community and church programs; CO Institute for Intercultural Studies
Box 69
High school, college, school programs, private secondary, c. 1968 - 1975
Box 70
Schools: secondary, districts, alternative, trips; college
Box 71
Education / schools; camps; professional relationships with organizations (e.g., Sierra Club, ACA); adjudicated youth (e.g., Michigan expeds, DCJ)
Box 72
At-risk populations; corrections; ATOD; criminal justice reform programs; group homes; youth offenders; youth services
Box 73
Survivors of Violence Recovery Programs (e.g., VOCA/VALE, 2005 - 2010)
Box 74
Youth exchange programs; U.S.S.R.; Ascent; semester programs; 1989 - 1990

Series 5: Research and Evaluation Materials

Box 75
Surveys; reviews; impact analyses; internally-generated / internally-commissioned
Box 76
Studies; statistics; questionnaires; market research; research on youth offenders, corrections, and therapeutic intervention

Series 6: Miscellaneous Textual and Unsorted Multimedia Materials

Box 77
Other Outward Bound schools (SOBS, SWOBS, San Diego)
Box 78
Other O.B.s (SOBS, PCOBS); national searches and rejections
Box 79
Other OBs
Box 80
Other OBs; correspondence; student records (enrollment, testimonials); miscellaneous
Box 81
Other OBs; (OBI, SOBS, MOBS, DOBS, NWOBS, OB Inc., more)
Box 82
Student records: searches, scholarships, quotes, memos, sponsors, correspondence, recruiting, programs (e.g., 1995 Gates), enrollment
Box 83
Student records; scholarships; correspondence
Box 84
Enrollment records; student files and testimonials
Box 85
Student records (mailers, correspondence, scholarship criteria, "Teaching Through Adventure")
Box 86
Staff communiqué; circulated memos; Affirmative Action; foundational & historical correspondence; board relations; complaints; quotes; student stories & testimonials; interviews; focus groups
Box 87
PCOBS administrative; personal files of Henry Florschutz
Box 88
Miscellaneous showcase material
Box 89
Showcase material
Box 90-116
Unprocessed multimedia materials