The Western History Collection

The Western History Collection at the Denver Public Library is recognized as one of the most significant collections of Western Americana in the country. The collection reflects all phases of development of the trans-Mississippi West, with strong focus on the Rocky Mountain West.

The collection continues to grow and presently includes 250,000+ cataloged books, pamphlets, atlases, maps, and microform titles. In addition, it offers over 600,000 photographs, 4,000+ manuscript archives, and a remarkable collection of Western fine art and prints to researchers across the world.

Our materials cover the range of years from the earliest explorations, Spanish land grants, and the gold rush era, to the present day. Both rare and current materials are constantly being acquired, either through purchase or gifts.

Our special collections include: