Beginning April 20, the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Blair-Caldwell Branch Library are closed. The archives and book collection on 2nd floor are in the process of being moved to Central Library where they will be available via the Special Collections Reading Room on 1st floor starting May 1.

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The photographs are of such a great quality too! They're so visually appealing!

It's interesting to see the four major factors to this acquisition. I think a lot of people donate to archives without realizing that each collection is mindfully curated. Something that may not fit DPL might be perfect for the Colorado Railroad Museum or the Strauss Health Sciences Library. There's a lot of discussion and assessment for archives! Seeing the reasoning behind this acquisition is great insight!

Thank you for your comment, Rachel! You are right that sometimes collections are a better fit for a neighboring archive and we regularly make referrals and suggestions to donors whose materials we can't accept.  A lot of thought and deliberation goes into acquiring. In fact, we have a committee that meets regularly to discuss our acquisitions and we make decisions by consensus and sometimes by a vote. 

Is this collection available to researchers?
Thank you!

Hi Larry, thank you for reading!

Yes, although we're still finalizing the collection and catalog record, with a little advance notice we would be happy to make it available. If you let us know here (https://history.denverlibrary.org/contact-us) a day or two in advance of your visit, we'll have it ready in our reading room.

Once it's finalized, researchers can request it on demand.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thanks!

This is so wonderful. Architectural terracotta history is definitely something to treasure and so glad the library is protecting and making this resource available to the community.

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