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 a small collection of moving image film, including television news footage, home movies, and films by early Colorado production companies. These materials date from the early 1900s through the 1980s.
Use of the moving image collection is currently limited due to preservation, copyright, and access concerns. For more information about the moving image collection, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Television News Footage
History Colorado holds historic television news footage from Denver's four major television stations. The KWGN-TV (Channel 2) television news footage is open to research use, with some restrictions. The collections of KCNC-TV (Channel 4), KMGH-TV (Channel 7), and KUSA-TV (Channel 9) are closed to all use at this time, pending use agreements from the stations.
High quality reproductions of historic photographs are available for personal or commercial use.