History Colorado's photography collection contains over 1 million images documenting the history of Colorado and the American West from the 1840s to the present day. The collection ranges from early daguerreotypes and glass plate negatives to digital prints and from Kodak snapshots to masterworks of photographic art.
The photographs show the growth and development of Colorado and her people, industries, agriculture, and communities. Highlights of the collection include the largest collection of American landscape photographer William Henry Jackson's work west of the Mississippi River; 110 years of photography from the Aultman Studio of Trinidad, the longest-operating photography studio in the state of Colorado; and the photographic archives of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.
History Colorado holds moving image films from and about Colorado dating from circa 1915-1990. These films include cinematic releases, home movies, news reels, films by early Colorado production companies, and promotional, industrial, and educational films on 16mm, 35mm, 8mm, and Super 8, as well as video formats. Click here to view and search our moving image collection inventory.
History Colorado also holds historic television news footage from Denver stations. The KWGN-TV (Channel 2) television news footage collection is open for use. The KOA/KCNC-TV (Channel 4) and KMGH-TV (Channel 7) television news footage collections are currently closed to all use, pending use agreements with the stations.