Western History & Genealogy Blog


23 Years in the Making: Edward Curtis's The North American Indian

A Chief of the Desert - Navaho, circa 1907. By Edward S. Curtis. X-34027
Pima Baskets, circa 1907. By Edward S. Curtis. X-34043
A Heavy Load - Sioux, circa 1907. By Edward S. Curtis. X-34103

From 1907 to 1930, Edward Sheriff Curtis devoted his life to a project documenting the cultures of 80 North American Indian tribes living from the Great Plains to as far north as Alaska.

Photo Archive Friday

Cutting through the ice for a look
Raising of the sub
View of the rocks used to sink it
sub with town folks and high school band

Raising up the Dead?

When does the raising of a submarine turn into a city event, including the local high school band members? Apparently on January 28, 1944, just such an event took place.

Photo Archive Friday

Hollywood Icon

Omar Sharif visits Denver to promote his new movie "Dr. Zhivago"


Photo shows Rocky Mountain News Photographer, Harry M. Rhoads; Rocky Mountain News reporter, Francis Melrose; Actor, Omar Sharif and two unidentified men during a photo shoot.

Photo Archive Friday

Wow a very large fish

Something fishy is going on here. Can you imagine the fish story this man told. It might have been one of the few that was actually correct!

This is one majorly large fish, too bad the Sturgeon isn’t an eating fish. I wonder how many people this one could feed. Bet they cleaned up on the caviar market though.

Memorial Day Photo Shop Sale

Two girls, Mary Elizabeth and Harriet Rhoads, look at tulips; grave markers and
Helen Perry poses near a marker at Crown Hill Cemetery in Arvada (Jefferson Coun

The Photo Shop here at Denver Public Library, Level 5, Western History/Genealogy Department is having a photo sale.

Items on sale are:

Photo Archive Friday

Sonny Liston punking Cassius Clay

Sonny Liston punk'd Cassius Clay

This photo is from the Burnis McCloud photographic collection

photo shows L-R

Unidentified male

Cassius Clay (Mohamed Ali) Heavy Weight Boxing Champ

Photo Archive Friday

Senator Johnson pauses during tour of RM Arsenal

Image selected from the photographic undigitized collection

Photo showing Senator Edwin C. Johnson pauses during his tour of inspection of Rocky Mountain Arsenal to view the 100lb. incendiary bomb.

Nadine Kent Drummond Art Exhibit

Divide by Nadine Drummond
Artist Group
Southern Colorado Farm Sale by Nadine Drummond, DPL art collection

Featuring the works of Colorado artist Nadine Kent Drummond (1912-1966), in the Eichman Gallery at Park State Bank & Trust, Woodland Park, Colorado. The Exhibit will run from May 1-30, 2012.

 This exhibit will feature numerous paintings from the Drummond family's private collection, as well as works on loan from the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts in Denver and the Fin


Sunrise from Pike's Peak, William Henry Jackson
The Paint Pot, Yellowstone National Park, William Henry Jackson
Union Depot, Denver, Cyanotype

Have you ever seen a photochrom?

Western History & Genealogy is home to thousands of beautiful photographs, negatives, and prints.