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Photography Collection

The Photography Collection consists of more than 600,000 prints and negatives that document the history of Colorado and the American West. The majority of the collection dates from the 19th century and includes glass negatives, cartes-de-visite, tintypes, photograph albums and stereocards.

Over 120,000 of the images in the collection have been digitized and are available for viewing online in the Digital Collections (formerly Photoswest). The collection chronicles the people, events and places that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western frontier and features images of North American Indians, pioneer life, mining, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Denver, Colorado towns, railroads and more.

For more information, please visit the Digital Collections and the Archives Finding Aids.

A cowboy, a woman, and a girl watch a teenage boy twirl a lariat while he stands on a horse [between 1910 and 1930].

A cowboy, a woman, and a girl watch a teenage boy twirl a lariat while he stands on a horse [between 1910 and 1930].

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