The collective memory of the Chicano, Hispanic, and Latino community in Denver and Colorado is important to students and researchers seeking to understand the social, political, and historical fabric of our region. The Western History and Genealogy Department has a rich collection that highlights the lives of activists, politicians, artists, and civic leaders.
The library has over 50 collections including the papers of Polly Baca, Federico Peña, Judy Montero, Su Teatro, Tim Flores, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales, Bernie Valdez, Carlotta Espinoza, Hispanic League of Denver, Adelante Mujer, Inc. and LARASA, among others. These collections contain original correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, founding documents, meeting minutes, and much more. The Library’s Hispanic Acquisitions Committee, founded by community leader Lena Archuleta, played an invaluable role in acquiring these collections. Today, the Library’s Community Acquisitions Committee continues this work.
The department also features a genealogy collection with resources on families from across Mexico, the American Southwest, and beyond. Highlights include church records, cemetery resources, and land grant materials from New Mexico and Colorado.
In addition, the department’s collections include published books, journals, and artwork documenting the historical and contemporary experiences of Chicanos/Chicanas, Latinos/Latinas, and Hispanic people in Denver, Colorado, and the West.
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