Western History & Genealogy Blog


The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Archives

The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Archives
The first Manuscript Division Reading Room, Thomas Jefferson Building, ca. 1920s. Library of Congress Archives, Manuscript Divis

October Is American Archives Month...But Wait, Do You Know What An Archives Is?

1. Archives go beyond books. An archives is a place where people go to find information.

Coyote: From Western Resident to All-American Species

Charles L. Cadieux. Coyotes: Predators & Survivors. Harrisburg, PA: Stonewall Press Inc., 1983. Front Cover
Coyote Pelts. Z-1569.  http://cdm16079.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15330coll22/id/65870
Trapped Coyote. Z-1570.  http://cdm16079.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15330coll22/id/65871

This may be unpopular opinion among farmers and ranchers where I’m from (including some in my own family), but I like coyotes.

Howard Zahniser: Conservation Pioneer

Zahniser (right) with U.S. map of wilderness areas prepared in Wilderness Bill legislative effort.
Howard Zahniser on horseback, circa 1956.

The Howard Zahniser Papers (CONS 238) are now available for research in DPL’s Western History and Genealogy Department.

Next year, the Wilderness Act—the law that created the means to protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness area in the United States—turns 50.

Digital Archiving in the 21st Century! (or at least in the early part of it...)

Digital Transitions--RCam, with Phase One P65+ digital back
Ability to capture incredible detail!  (We promise we're not counterfeiting!)
Detail from Robinson's Atlas of Denver 1887, Plate 13

After nearly three years of research, planning and developing strategy-- (alongside a strenuous attempt to stay on pace with sprinting technology) the Imaging Services Lab of DPL's Western History and Genealogy department is at long last moving into the next phase of its evolution, and the 21st Century.

When our program began not-so-long-ago in 1996-- I doubt very much that those involved could have conceived of the changes-- and new sets of challenges-- that technology would deliver in ten years'

Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park

Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park
On the War Trail
Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park
Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park
Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park
Manuscript Mondays: Civic Center Park

Rediscover Civic Center Park in the heart of downtown Denver.

While you’re enjoying the tasty food truck cuisine at Civic Center Eats this summer take

Come Celebrate Preservation Week! April 25th from 10:30-3pm

Preservation week!

To celebrate Preservation Week, the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and the Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department are providing short consultations for your family treasures with conservation experts.*  Archivists at the “Ask an Archivist” table will be able to talk about organizing and storing your family materials at home.

Staff from the Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department will be on hand to digitize your artifacts as part of the new Colorado social archive Creating Your Community.

Rocky Mountain Land Library Profiled

The Rocky Mountain Land Library, a unique Colorado library created as a labor of love by Jeff Lee and Ann Martin, recently was profiled by the Los Angeles Times Jacky Copy books blog.

Writing for Jacket Copy, Carolyn Kellogg's post includes background on the library and its purpo

Michael Wise: Recipient, 2009 Fellowship in Environmental History

The Denver Public Library Western History/Genealogy Department is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2009 Fellowship in Environmental History, Michael Wise, a Ph.D. candidate pursuing a degree in History at the University of Minnesota.

Part of wolf catch, Mont.