Western History & Genealogy Blog

Hidden Gems

Dalies Frantz: Denver’s Titan of the Keyboard

Concert program, Denver, February 10, 1936. WH305
Article on Frantz, Sunday Boston Globe Magazine, 1927. WH305
Frantz at Denver's Union Station with Ruth Ellen Dodds, circa 1922. WH305

Long before the days of American Idol, Denver boasted its own musical virtuoso, Dalies Frantz. 

Found In The Archives: Baby Shoes for Hilda, 1898

Baby shoes, box, and note card, 1898. From May-D & F Records (C MSS WH222)
May Co., Denver, between 1900 and 1910. X-24124
Note card, 1898. From May-D & F Records (C MSS WH222)

Nearly ten years have passed since the May Company department store was sold and its name changed to Macy’s. Back in 1877, the May Company began in Leadville, Colorado.

We don’t buy fiction books for morbid people or for the sex-y minded!

We don’t buy fiction books for morbid people or for the sex-y minded!

We don’t buy fiction books for morbid people or for the sex-y minded!

Collection development for libraries has always been fraught with difficult choices. What do we buy so our customers can obtain the latest and greatest literature out there?

The Cat's Meow

The Cat's Meow

It looks like funny cat photos were popular long before LOLCats was an Internet meme.

While Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter weren't yet around, the Rocky Mountain News was already posting social media-worthy "interesting pictures" throughout the want ads pages.

Hidden Gems at DPL: Babylonian Clay Tablets

Babylonian clay tablet. 417 B119
“Card catalog” tablet from Nippur, Iraq. Dates from between 2000 to 1500 B.C.E.  417 B119

You may already know that the Denver Public Library’s Western History/Genealogy Department houses historic items—but did you know that some of its old

Creative Types: Need Project Inspiration?

Thomas Moran, August 1915. By Henry Havelock Pierce. X-22164
How Long is Always, 1969. Watercolor by Jo Polseno. C75-7 ART
Dessert toast recipes from Toast and Its Various Uses: There's a Difference in Bread, 1924

You may love your neighborhood DPL branch, but it might be time to branch out!  

Did you know that DPL’s Central Library has a Western History/Genealogy Department on Level 5?

Twin Sisters: African-American Poet Wanda Coleman And Punk Icon Exene Cervenka

Beef. V. 16, N. 18-19, Spring-Summer 1986. San Francisco.

What do award winning Los Angeles poet Wanda Coleman and punk icon Exene Cervenka have to do with one another, and why are they being featured in a blog for the Western History and Genealogy Depart

Found in the Archives: 19th-Century Recipe Notebook

Harriet Scott Camp's recipe notebook, believed to date from 1850s through the 1880s. WH1453
Recipe for cholera remedy that calls for one tincture of opium. WH1453
Recipe for crullers that uses "1 coffee cup of sour milk or cream." WH1453

Cookies, Cakes, Sickness, and Sorrow

Several months ago, I wrote about Mira C.

In the Archives: Documentation of a 1929 Groundbreaking—Soil and All

Denver City and County Building
Envelope containing soil from the groundbreaking event
Mayor Benjamin Stapleton dumps a shovelful of dirt during the groundbreaking cer

Think archives only collect papers, photos, and films? Think again!

One collection found in DPL’s Western History and Genealogy Department has the dirt on Denver’s past.

A Joy Day: Sundays in Denver, circa 1901

A crowd of people gather around the pavilion and line the shores of the large lake, in City Park, ca. 1900. By W. H. Jackson.
32nd Avenue at Meade Street, Denver, between 1910 and 1930. By Louis Charles McClure. MCC-3852
Outdoor portrait of a picnic in City Park, between 1904 and 1915. By Charles S. Lillybridge. CHS-L1621

Reminiscences of a Blissful Sunday in Denver, circa 1901

Pearl Stevens Andrews (1896-1988) grew up in Denver’s Highland neighborhood during the early 1900s.