Western History & Genealogy Blog


WHG receives a DAM

Western History receives a DAM

A new digital asset management system for Western History!

The Western History and Genealogy Department is proud to announce that OCLC's CONTENTdm (Cdm), a digital asset management system, or DAM will be coming to the Department.

Great Coffee, Historical Photographs to Benefit DPL

Great Coffee, Historical Photographs to Benefit DPL

Grand Hyatt announces Grand Re-Opening of expanded Starbucks Coffee--

February 16th will find the newly renovated Starbucks at Grand Hyatt Denver showcasing images from DPL's Historic Photo Collections! Proceeds from the day will be donated to DPL!


Mystery photograph - can you help?

Mystery photograph - can you help?

We need your help! This mysterious photograph was purchased at a Denver antique store before being donated to the library, but the donor is not sure where or what the picture is of.

If you have any thoughts that could point us in the right direction, please share. Thanks!

Acquisitions Spotlight: Additions to Existing Collections

I've written before about some of the new collections that have been donated to Western History and Genealogy, but also important are the many donations of additional material to exisiting collections that come in.

In recent months, we've received additional material for our collections on the Colorado Archaeology Society, Colorado Cattlewomen, Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists, Colorado Symphon

Caring, Imagination and Persistence

Library donated by Women's Auxiliary
1945 - Marines after Iwo Jima in traveling library donated by Women's Auxiliary

When they decided to help, nothing stopped them.

Our archives act as a time machine allowing us to view the past from many different perspectives.

Tis the Season...

From "Park Hill Topic" newsletter October 13, 1933.
From "Park Hill Topic" newsletter October 13, 1933.
A football player poses in uniform near a house in Denver, Colorado. circa 1900
During a football game on Main Street Breckenridge circa 1900
circa 1903
circa 1910
Football squad Durango High School, Durango, Colo. circa 1930
Little American Football League in a gym in Denver, Colorado.  circa 1950

Want to know what a real circus is? Just go to a football game.

With the holidays in full swing I’ve realized that we as a country have developed unique traditions during this time of year.  Sure our holidays are still centered around family, friends

Best of the Box: Theodora Mussey Scrapbook

Theodora Mussey scrapbook cover
Pike's Peak cog wheel route flier
Santa Fe Route flier
Garden of the Gods postcard
"Let us begin at the top of the page" illustration
New Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs poster
First Baptist Church program

For this week's long overdue Best of the Box, I discovered a lovely scrapbook by Theodora Mussey, a piano teacher at the University of Denver. Compiled between 1900 and 1902, the Mussey scrapbook contains a number of clippings including programs from Denver music recitals and concerts, church bulletins, invitations and travel memorabilia.

You can check have a look at the Denver Public Library's catalog record for this item here

Which Denver Public School is this?

Mystery solved for old Denver Public School

Did you go to Columbine school?

This photo in the Denver Public Library Western History Collection bears a stamp on the back which reads Information Services, Denver Public Schools.

Acquisitions Highlight

We are privleged here at WHG to have a large number of community members who sing our praises and help us bring in collections.

Some of these individuals are on one of our two Acquisitions Committees, while others assist us independently.

Civil War photo identified

We now know the identify of this photo

We now know where this photo was taken? (click on it to enlarge)

This photgraph is in the Pratt/Magee Family collection (WH636). It was taken during the civil war and that the wagons in the foreground are ambulances.