Western History & Genealogy Blog


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!