Architectural Collections

The Special Collections and Archives Department collects the drawings and project files of significant regional architects. A listing of the Department's major architectural collections appears to the right and links to each collection's catalog record and finding aid (a guide that provides a detailed description of a collection's contents).

Additional architectural collections can be found by searching the Denver Public Library's catalog or archives finding aids index. Please note that architectural collections that do not have a finding aid may have an inventory available. Contact the department for more information.

Please visit the Research Services and Access page for more information on:

Please note that interior floor plans of existing, privately-owned buildings require permission from the current owner of the property/building before permission can be granted to photograph, photocopy or scan the item.

It is the customer's responsibility to locate the owner and obtain written permission.

Research Tools

Archives Finding Aids - ArchivesSpace

Finding Aids provide detailed information on papers and materials in the archives collections. The Library's archives include material on the American West, particularly Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region; on the twentieth-century environmental conservation movement in the United States; and on the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division of World War II. In addition, the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library archives provide important documents regarding the integral role and history of the African Americans in the Rocky Mountain West. 

Digital Collections

Contains a selection of photographs, maps, broadsides, architectural drawings and other documents from the collections of the Western History/Genealogy Department.

Western History Subject Index

Western History Subject Index (formerly the General Index) card file contains more than seven million entries on four million cards. Developed over the last century, it provides access to newspapers, local histories, biographical works, newsletters and journals.