When Malcolm Glenn Wyer established the Western History collection, his stated goal was to collect “all things Western” and so provide research resources to those interested in the study of the trans-Mississippi West. Accordingly, artwork depicting the West and its peoples was also included in our collection from its inception. Wyer’s foresight ensured many works were purchased before art collections became too costly for a public library budget. Therefore, our collection of regional artwork, both historic and contemporary, is one of the Department’s great strengths. Our holdings now include original works by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and other major American artists. Wyer also purchased the aquatints of Karl Bodmer, the lithographs of George Catlin, the prints of James Otto Lewis, and the McKenney-Hall collection, now some of the most frequently viewed works. Through Wyer’s initial collecting, generous public donations, and ongoing purchases made with special funds, the Western Art Collection has grown to include over 1,500 pieces of original artwork and many thousands of fine original prints. The collection attracts researchers, enthusiasts, artists, and casual viewers, and stands as an asset appreciated by the citizens of Denver and Colorado, as well as visitors from other states and countries. Research Guide
Beginning April 20, the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Blair-Caldwell Branch Library are closed. The archives and book collection on 2nd floor are in the process of being moved to Central Library where they will be available via the Special Collections Reading Room on 1st floor starting May 1.