Western History & Genealogy Blog


Best of the Box: Postcards!

Postcard from collection WH816
Nurse Postcard

Working in the scanning lab here at the Denver Public Library, I get to see and digitize a lot of beautiful materials.

My background is in art and design, so while my co-workers love to learn all about the materials and the history behind them, my favorite part is admiring the design.

A Rose by Any Other Name..

The Colorado Historical Society reserves all rights to its material.

Names are more than just meanings they are identities.

I was pondering the other day what exactly makes up a name.  We all know the quote from Romeo and Juliet “A Rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.  However, I beg to di

Acquisitions Highlight: Rocky Mountain Women's Institute

Western History and Genealogy receives donations to its Archives Collection regularly and from a wide array of individuals, businesses, and organizations.

Of recent note is our acquisition of the Rocky Mountain Women's Institute records.

Collection Development in a New Millennium

How many times have you heard Denver described as a “cow town”?

It’s a phrase that evokes many images, and while Denverites do take pride in the prevalence of Western wear and friendly demeanors abounding in their city, Denver is not at all the dull, unso

A Race Against Time: Preserving Our Audiovisual Media

Formats of videotape now considered obsolete

The Denver Public Library Western History/ Genealogy Department is hosting and cosponsoring a two day program presented by the Conservation Center for Art and History Artifacts July 29 and 30.

Registration fee for the two-day program is $200.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage in Colorado

The Western History and Genealogy Department is home to an ample collection of papers and records of Hispanic individuals and organizations in Colorado, including Federico Pena, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales, Polly Baca, Bernie Valdez, Su Teatro, and LARASA.

These collections include original correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, founding documents, meeting minutes, and much more.

So much to tell, so little time...


Creating Communities project

Have you walked around your neighborhood lately?

Have you ever wondered about its history, famous events, or famous people that might have even lived on your block?

Save Yourself!

Keeping the things that mean a lot to you is what separates people from animals. There are a few things to remember that can make the difference between a priceless keepsake and a faded memory.

Preservation is as much common sense as anything else. There are three enemies in the environment that should be avoided: heat, light and moisture.

Think Before You Toss

By far the most frequent comment I get when I approach people about donating their papers or records to the library is: "I never thought anyone would be interested in my old stuff. I was just going to throw it away."

Not so fast!