Photography Collection consists of more than 600,000
prints and negatives that document the history of Colorado
and the American West. The majority of the collection dates
from the 19th century and includes glass negatives, cartes-de-visite,
tintypes, photograph albums and stereocards. A portion of
the collection has been digitized and cataloged and is available
for viewing online.
Art Collection comprises over 400 framed pieces, including
work by such masters as Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran and
Albert Bierstadt. The Library also owns sculpture and literally
thousands of unframed original artworks, etchings, engravings,
lithograph illustrations, sketches and posters, dating from
the mid-1800s to the present.
Materials offered by the Western History / Genealogy
Department include books, newspaper clippings, and the General
Index. We have ephemeral items such as tickets, receipts, invitations
and posters. We have a collection of trade catalogs, and another
of sheet music.
cooperation with the Colorado Historical Society, the Western
History / Genealogy Department is the national repository for
the papers of the 10th Mountain Division,
famed ski troops of World War II. Visit the 10th
Mountain Division Gallery to see a selection of 10th Mountain
Field Collection - Eugene Field was one of America's
most loved children's poets. The manuscripts
of Eugene Field, who lived in Denver while working for local
newspapers, form part of the library's collection.
Douglas Collection of Fine Printing. This collection
contains some of the finest examples of craftsmanship in the
art of bookmaking. The most important holding is a complete
collection of books published by William Morris at the Kelmscott
Press during the 1890s.
Bill's Wild West Shows
are documented in the collection with posters, trade catalogs,
autographed books and articles illustrated by Frederic Remington,
records and memorabilia, frontier theater programs, territorial
imprints and even architectural drawings. See a selection of
photographs from this collection on the Wild
West Photos page.
Map and Atlas Collection has a wide selection of Western
state maps, topographic survey maps and trail maps. We have
original drawings and maps of Dragoon Captain Lemuel Ford, as
well as land grant materials; mining maps, insurance atlases,
and city plats. The collection is further enhanced by reports
and maps of Colorado mines, including New York newspaperman
Horace Greeley's famous report of mining prospects in the Colorado
Manuscript Collection is as
varied as the people, places and events it chronicles. Located
in the library's Western History/Genealogy Department, the collection
offers not just historic papers, but such unique items as conservationist
John Muir's eyeglasses, cattle paintings belonging to Colorado
Governor Dan Thornton and t-shirts and posters from the Coors
and Magazines provide a close look into details of the
past. The Western History Genealogy Department has extensive
holdings from most western states.
Conservation Collection reflects
the rise of the conservation and environmental movements in
America. National organizations such as The Wilderness Society,
Alaska Coalition, American Bison Society and Izaak Walton League
of America are among those that have made the Denver Public
Library the repository for their records.
Ross Barrett Historical Aeronautics Collection
illustrates the impact of aeronautics on civilization. Of
particular interest are the 18th-century engravings of balloon
ascensions such as those of Montgolfier, many of which are hand-colored.
Monographs on early ascensions are also substantial. See
a selection of photos on the Ross-Barrett
the second largest between the Mississippi River and the West
Coast, providing family history researchers with material spanning
many generations and a wide spectrum of ethnic and geographic