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Tours introduce hundreds to the Western History Collection

Behind the scenes tour in the archive section of the Western History/Genealogy Department

There is more to the Denver Public Library than the items that are checked out each year.

One of the unique features of the Denver Public Library is the Western History/Genealogy Collection. It contains tens of thousands of items that do not circulate.

WHG Volunteers feted

Volunteers attend a thank you pot luck hosted by the employees of the Western History/Genealogy Department
WHG Volunteers feted

The staff of the Western History/Genealogy Department thank the 150 volunteers for their contributions throughout the year.

Nearly one third of the volunteers who help support the Denver Public Library work on projects in the Western History/Genealogy Department.

Fabulous Finds Friday: Shumway Family Papers

Fabulous Finds Friday: Shumway Family Papers

Welcome to Fabulous Finds Friday! This week's Fabulous Find highlight is the Shumway Family Papers (WH2170).

This little collection is made up wholly of correspondence received and sent by Edgar Edmund Shumway covering topics such as financial dealings; family business; stock information; and lumber, coal

Fabulous Finds Friday

Fabulous Finds Friday

Welcome to Fabulous Finds Friday!

This week's Fab Find highlight is the records of Front Range: Women in the Visual Arts (WH 2186). Front Range: Women in the Visual Arts was an arts organization founded at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1974 with the purpose of encouraging and promoting art by women to find professional acceptance in a male-dominated art world.

The collection includes incorporation papers, memos, correspondence, press releases, clippings, proposals, photographs, notebooks, and posters.

Participatory Archives

Bringing archives to the people! 

A great article/blog post by Kate Theimer, about Participatory Archives, explores how archives can bring user participation to archives.

Manuscript Monday: Clement Yore Papers

Manuscript Monday: Clement Yore Papers
Manuscript Monday: Clement Yore Papers
Manuscript Monday: Clement Yore Papers

During his life writer Clement (Clem) Yore wore many hats.  Read on about this cowboy poet in today’s Manuscript Monday.

Clem Yore, born 1875 in St.

Fabulous Finds Friday

Fabulous Finds Friday

Welcome to Fabulous Finds Friday!

I've enjoyed blogging about the newest members of our Archives Collection in the past, and I look forward to continuing that trend with this new weekly post. Check in on Fridays to find out about recent donations.

This week's Fab Find highlight: Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center records, 1898-1996 (WH 1589). The Presbyterian-St. Luke's medical facility began as two separate hospitals: St.

Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club

Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club
Manuscript Monday: The 23 Club

 Manuscript Monday is back with...stuffed birds?  Read on about the 23 Club!

The 23 Club, also known as The Crow's Nest, was a men’s s

Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines

Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines
Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines
Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines
Manuscript Monday: Symphony Orchestra Figurines

Greetings manuscript  friends.  Today’s collection is a very unique one: the Powell orchestra figurines.  

Meet the Denver Miniature Symphony Orchestra, a miniature collection of figurines created by Dr. and Mrs.

Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?

Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?
Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?
Manuscript Monday: Denver's first house?

There are conflicting accounts of who built the first “house” in Denver.  This week’s collection highlights Anselm Holcomb Barker, thought to have built the first permanent house in the city.  What do you think?

 

Anselm Holcomb Barker, born 1822, was an Ohio native.  Early in his life he was a blacksmith, and later became a businessman.