The Denver Public Library's Archives contains original, unpublished papers, and photographs that reveal the activities, work, and accomplishments of individuals, families, and organizations. Sometimes called "manuscripts," these unique resources are useful for in-depth research projects on almost any topic. The Western History and Genealogy Department's Archives collection comprises 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 "Ski Troops" of World War II. In addition, the African American Research Library archives provides archival collections about the integral role and history of African Americans in the Rocky Mountain West. All 7,000 archival collections are described in our online catalog.
Finding aids are descriptive guides containing detailed information about what's inside our collections. You can search across all finding aids, or just in one specific collection. Not all archival collections have online finding aids. For unprocessed collections, staff will gladly provide you with a collection inventory - just ask! While we can help you get started with your research over email or phone, it is usually best to visit the Library in person to do archival research.
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.
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