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”

Delusions of a Wanna-Be History Detective: Winter Prather and the Underground Explosion Project

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Large detonation at Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah, c. 1951.

Having officially finished the Winter Prather collection (expect to see a finding aid online soon!), I have time to share one of the more obscure parts of Prather’s biography. First, just to recap: Winter Prather was a prominent commercial and fine art photographer working mostly in the Denver, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico from the 1940’s to the 1970’s. Thanks to the 2015 NHPRC Access to Historical Records grant that History Colorado received last May, I have been able to spend the last two months processing and cataloging Prather’s manuscripts and photographs. Continue reading “Delusions of a Wanna-Be History Detective: Winter Prather and the Underground Explosion Project”

Winter Prather: Colorado’s Lost Master Photographer

Self-Portrait, c. 1965
Self-Portrait, c. 1965

Welcome to the second installment of the 20th Century Photography Collections Project! Thanks to the 2015 NHPRC Access to Historical Records grant that History Colorado received last May, the Project Archivist (me!) has the opportunity to process four hidden photography collections at History Colorado. I finished the David DeHarport collection last month. Now, I’m excited to introduce the Winter Prather collection! Continue reading “Winter Prather: Colorado’s Lost Master Photographer”

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”