NHPRC “Colorado 20th-Century Photograph Collections Project” Nearly Complete

Intern Erica San Soucie with a mammoth glass negative from the Aultman Studio collection
Intern Erica San Soucie with a mammoth glass negative from the Aultman Studio collection

This month, the Photography Department wraps up a two-year project to make four of its most significant photography collections available to the public. By the end of June, researchers will be able to browse through online collection guides to and digital images from the Aultman Studio, Fred Payne Clatworthy, David DeHarport, and Winter Prather collections. The project has been generously supported by an Access to Historical Records grant from the National Historic Records and Publications Committee (NHPRC). Continue reading “NHPRC “Colorado 20th-Century Photograph Collections Project” Nearly Complete”

By Wheel, Burro, and Rail: Young Fred Payne Clatworthy’s Adventures in the West

A studio portrait of Fred Payne Clatworthy with a bicycle, 1897.
A studio portrait of Fred Payne Clatworthy with a bicycle, 1897; Accession number: 99.164.2211.

Travel was integral to Estes Park photographer Fred Payne Clatworthy’s life and work. During the early 20th century, transit companies sponsored Clatworthy’s travel to locations near and far. Railroads like the Great Northern and Southern Pacific sent Clatworthy to shoot promotional images in Glacier National Park and the western coast of Mexico in the 1920s, while later in the decade Clatworthy ventured further afield when the Matson Navigation and Union Steamship Companies sent him to Hawaii, New Zealand and Tahiti. Many of these trips yielded his most well-known images: full color autochromes that appeared in National Geographic magazine between 1923 and 1934. Continue reading “By Wheel, Burro, and Rail: Young Fred Payne Clatworthy’s Adventures in the West”

History Colorado Awarded NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grant for 2015-2017

nhprc-logo-mThe Photography Department of History Colorado is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 2015 National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) Access to Historical Records grant, in support of its Colorado 20th-Century Photography Collections Project. Thanks to NHPRC’s generous funding, Photography Department staff will begin a two-year project in August 2015 to make four of History Colorado’s most significant collections of twentieth-century photography available to the public. Continue reading “History Colorado Awarded NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grant for 2015-2017”