In the spirit of American Archives Month, this October we’ve compiled a three-blog series about what archivists do and how we make collections accessible.
Recently, a donor contacted us about a lovely photo album documenting the relief terracotta work of Colorado artist Julius Peter Ambrusch. A descendent of Ambrusch had uncovered the album and felt it could have importance to researchers, so they called us and asked if they could donate it to the library.
- Uniqueness - This item is unique because it represents an art form that may be little understood today (terracotta ceramic work) and from a business that was local in Denver in the 1930s.
- Relevance - The album has added appeal in that it connects to buildings that still exist today.
- Added value to the collection - This item addresses a gap in our collections about artists and decorative arts industries in Colorado.
- Research value - Ambrusch had an interesting personal story. He was born in present-day Slovakia and came to Colorado in 1923. He was a Works Progress Administration (WPA) artist. The library has a related WPA archival collection. He worked for the Denver Terra Cotta Company, and many of his sculptural works still survive.
Stay tuned for our next blog installment to learn more about what archivists do and how we make collections accessible!