Western History/Genealogy Department's 600,000 photographs, documenting
the history of Colorado and the American West, are available for study
at The Denver Public Library. The collection chronicles the people, events
and places that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western frontier.
The works of many outstanding photographers are represented. Over 100,000
of these photographs are available online at http://digital.denverlibrary.org,
featuring images of North American Indians, pioneer life, mining,
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Denver, Colorado towns, railroads and more.
In-House Collection (Materials not yet digitized
The majority of our photograph collection is not yet available
for viewing online. In order to locate photograph albums and larger collections,
visit the Denver Public Library's catalog.
To browse all currently
cataloged collections, select "Call Number Browse" and type
in "C photo collection" or "C photo album."
To locate individual
prints, stereocards, and postcards in our collection, browse through the
following folder headings:
our staff for more information about photo collections, albums and loose
Most images in the collection are available for reproduction and educational
and commercial use. All requests for reproduction will be filled in our
in-house lab and will be created from high-resolution digital files. For
more information, please visit our Photo
The Online Collection
Currently, the digitized collection contains more than 100,000
images of North American Indians, pioneer life, railroads, mining, 10th
Mountain Division ski troops, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Denver, Colorado
towns, Caņon City Penitentiary, California, Utah, and candid shots of
collections such as the Louis C.
McClure city and landscape views, William H. Jackson's photochromes,
Burnis McCloud's collection of Denver's African-American community and
the Otto C. Perry and Robert W. Richardson
railroad photographs are accessible.
find images in the online collection, a researcher can:
Photographer's name: Morledge
Geographic location: Georgetown
Subject or keyword(s): saloons
Personal name: Chipeta
Dates (use decades): 1880
does not affect searching
search elements to narrow search: women
"not" to limit search: Denver not railroads
"or" to broaden search: log cabins or barns
an asterisk (*) with part a of a word to find plurals and variant
spellings: deco* to find deco, decor, decoration, decorative, or
more information, ask at the Western History/ Genealogy Department
reference desk (Level Five) or call 720-865-1821.
direct link to the online photograph search tool is on the bar at
the top of the page. The pre-search
page provides important information for first time users.