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Sandra “Sandie” F. Pritchard Mather earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1964 and a Master of Education in Geography in 1968 from West Chester State College. She continued her education at the University of Oregon, earning a Ph.D. in Geography in 1982.  Her dissertation, “Geographical Landscape Changes to Summit County, Colorado, from 1859 to the Present, An Historical Geography”, introduced her to the variety of topics in her subsequent publications.

Sandie taught second grade in the college’s Laboratory School before accepting a position in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences teaching geology, meteorology and geomorphology on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Upon her retirement from West Chester State College in 1999, she received the designation Professor Emerita.

Sandie began working with the Summit Historical Society in the early 1980s as a tour guide and presenter of a variety of programs. She continues that role today, leading tours and giving programs for the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and the Frisco Historic Park and Museum. Over the years she has published twenty books about Summit County, some in conjunction with the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and the Frisco Historic Park and Museum. Sandie received the Theobald Award in 2013 in recognition of her work in preserving the history of Breckenridge and encouraging heritage tourism. She also served as President of the Summit Historical Society.

Passionate about preserving the early history of Summit County, Sandie jumped at the chance to endow an archives that would provide an environmental-controlled facility for preserving precious photographs and other archival materials. With a trained archivist on site, the collections would be available to county residents and visitors alike for research.


The Dr. Sandra F. Mather Archives is managed by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance (BHA), a private, non-profit tax-exempt State of Colorado 501(c)(3) Corporation. In 2015 the BHA began moving archival collections to a purpose-built room in the original 1909 Breckenridge High School, now the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Summit County South Branch Library.

With generous support from the Town of Breckenridge, collections are organized, inventoried, described, recorded and preserved in the Mather Archives room to provide access to researchers, students, professionals and the general public.

Our focus is on preserving rare and unique material within the BHA’s area of concentration that are useful for historical and administrative research, and general interest.


Explore the Collections

The Dr. Sandra F. Mather Archives in Breckenridge, Colorado houses a unique collection of photographs, films, manuscripts and records, oral histories, brochures and more. Materials are associated with the local history of the people, businesses, government, civic organizations, industries and the built and natural environments of the town of Breckenridge and the greater Breckenridge area.

To see if the Archives has information on the person or topic you are researching, start by using theONLINE COLLECTIONS​. Not sure what you’re looking for? Browse our featured searches below for inspiration! Cataloging and digitization are an ongoing process. Please check back often to see what’s been added. 

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Thank you for your interest in obtaining images from the Dr. Sandra F. Mather Archives. The Archives provides reproductions of images from its photographic and archival collections for personal and research use. The images may also be used for commercial or non-profit publications and public display, under certain conditions. Images are not to be posted on the Internet or used for publication without prior written approval from the Archives.

The Archives charges Processing Fees per image in order to support the preservation and maintenance of its collections. In addition to Processing Fees, Use Fees may be charged for use of images of and from BHA’s collections. Every effort will be made to complete your request in a timely manner.

About donations of historic and archival items

The Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Archives, on behalf of the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance (BHA), accepts objects, textiles and clothing, and archival items such as photographs, maps, letters, diaries, manuscripts, menus, postcards, fliers, posters, brochures and political buttons, that represent the history and heritage of Breckenridge and the Summit County, Colorado region.

Due to limitations on museum exhibit and storage spaces, the BHA must be selective when accepting these materials into our collections.

If you have historic items that may be of importance to the BHA’s collections, and would consider donating these items, please click here. The BHA will contact you as soon as possible.

ABOUT FINANCIAL DONATIONS

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and will accept donations to support the work of the Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Archives Room. We accept credit cards, cash, and check contributions for our digitization, preservation projects, and operating costs. Please contact us if you have a question about charitable donations to the BHA.

CASH

Please call the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance at 970-453-9767 x101 if you would like to make a cash donation.

CREDIT CARD

Please use this link if you would like to make a credit card donation.

CHECK

Checks can be mailed to the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance (BHA) at:

PO Box 2460
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Please make checks payable to the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and write Donation for Mather Archives in the memo line.

  1. All photographic or other reproductions shall be for an approved, one-time, one-edition use only*. Requests for additional uses, editions, or formats shall be made in writing to the archivist. The user shall incur a fine of three times the normal commercial use fee for each unauthorized reproduction.
  2. The Archives reserves the right to refuse any request for the reproduction of images or files that are not held in the public domain.
  3. Persons interested in publishing images or files owned by the Archives in any media (including but not limited to: print, digital, websites, social media, television, film) must complete a Permission to Publish form.
  4. In authorizing the publication or use of an image, or other digital file, the Archives does not surrender any rights it may have in the image, object, or file. The Archives makes no representations or warranties about the images, objects, or files and expressly disclaims all warranties and assumes no responsibility for infraction of copyright laws, invasion of privacy,or improper or illegal use that may arise from reproduction of the image, object, or file.
  5. In the case where copyright is held by a third party, the applicant is solely responsible for securing permission from the copyright owner to use the image, object,or file and will provide proof of such permission to the Archives if requested by the Archives. The applicant shall indemnify the Archives against any third-party claims of copyright infringement.
  6. The Archives reserves the right to deny permission to reproduce an image, object, or file from its collection to any applicant whose product is not acceptable to the Archives for any reason.
  7. The credit line will be provided by the Dr. Sandra F. Mather Archives and shall be attributed to each file reproduced. Abbreviations shall not be permitted. The credit line shall appear:
    i. For printed material or electronic media, in immediate proximity to the reproduction or in the section within the publication devoted to photographic credits.
    ii. For film and video use, included with other “Sources of Illustrations.” Collection name and catalog number may be omitted.
    iii. For exhibitions, within the exhibition area.
  8. One complete, complimentary copy of the publication or other commercial product shall be furnished to the Archives, unless the image was not used. All expenses for shipping and handling are to be borne by the applicant.

*For those works in the Public Domain, a one-time processing fee applies, but there are no reproduction limits.

(Download a copy of this policy here.)

The collection of historic maps is available for searching in Marmot.

In the Search field, type “summit historical society maps summit county” and hit ‘GO’.

In 2015, the map collection was transferred to the Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather Archives Room to provide increased access for the public. The location of those physical maps as reported in the online catalog is no longer accurate. Archives staff are conducting a full inventory so that maps may be retrieved quickly and easily, but this is an ongoing process, and we ask your patience.

If you are interested in researching the map collection, please contact the archivist.


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WANT TO DONATE A HISTORICAL ITEM?

If you have a historical item or archival material that may be of importance to the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance and would consider donating these items, please click here for more information. We will contact you as soon as possible. Due to limited storage space, we cannot accept unsolicited or drop-off items.

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT CHARITABLE DONATIONS?

The Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and will accept financial donations to support the work of the Dr. Sandra F. Mather Archives Room. We accept credit cards, cash, and check contributions for our digitization, preservation projects, and operating costs. Please contact the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance for more information, or donate now by credit card.

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?

The Archives welcomes volunteers who are excited about the history and heritage of Breckenridge and the Summit County region and want to have a more hands-on experience with our collections. There are many opportunities to help organize and care for historical collection materials and we are looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please contact the Archives. Thank you for your interest.


Processing Fees generated through the Dr. Sandra F. Mather Archives are used to supplement basic collections care, research, processing, cataloging, digitization and digital preservation activities. All fees are in U.S. dollars and must be paid in advance before work will proceed. Every effort will be made to complete a digitization request in a timely manner. Be advised that staff may not be able to provide immediate assistance due to work orders or other Archives activities.

Persons interested in publishing Archives images or files in any media must complete a Permission to Publish form. The Archives reserves the right to refuse any request for the reproduction of images or files that are not held in the public domain.

Digital Images – Historic Photographs

If you require a specific resolution or file type, please consult with the archivist.

600 dpi, JPEG $15 per image
Specific format $20 per image

PDF Digital Files – Documents (Text-Only)

PDF scans of text-only documents up to 11×17 inches. No book or manuscript may be scanned in its entirety.

Up to 11 x 17 inches $.75 per scanned page
Bound Volumes $1 per scanned page


Photocopies – Documents (Text-Only)

Photocopies are intended for research use only. All photocopying of text-only documents is administered by the Archivist.

8.5 x 10 (letter) $.50 per page
8.5 x 14 (legal) $.75 per page

Maps and Oversize Documents

Reproductions of maps, oversize documents and historic photographs (11 x 17 inches or larger) are not available at this time. Please consult with the Archivist for options.

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