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Photographs

The Denver Public Library’s Western History and Genealogy Department collection of digitized photographs chronicles the people, places and events that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western United States. It is representative of works of many outstanding photographers. Subjects include Native Americans, pioneers, railroads, mining, Denver and Colorado towns, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and the 10th Mountain Division ski troops.

Research Tools: 

Undigitized Materials Index

An alphabetical list of folder titles in the Denver Public Library's Western History Photograph collection arranged by subject: People, States, Towns and Countries, General Subjects, Railroad Companies, Denver and miscellaneous visual materials. The Visual Materials index is a new addition covering previously unindexed resources from a collection of late 19th and early 20th century illustrations (mostly woodcuts) and photographs. The images in these folders have not yet been digitized and cataloged. 10th Mountain Division photographs previously in this index are now digitized and can be found by searching our digital collections.

Photographs of the 19th Century: A Process Identification Guide

This book is a guide to the identification and dating of all the known types of black and white 19th century photographs on all bases. It includes common commercial types as well as rarities and home-made varieties. The aim was to make this a self- sufficient reference for such readers as educators, students, historians, collectors, museums, photographers, antique dealers, and individuals seeking to identify and date family photographs.​