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Research & Learn

The Collection

History Colorado's incomparable collections—from books and manuscripts to artifacts and photographs—encapsulate the rich history of this state and help us understand the present in the context of the past.

Be a Part of History

Help History Colorado Document the COVID-19 Experience
We want to hear from you about how the outbreak is changing your daily life. Please join our effort here.
See select items from the project here.

Join our Digital Volunteer Network
Bold Women. Change History.
Transcribing Women's Suffrage in Colorado

Help us transcribe documents from well-known suffragists who fought to remove the barrier of gender discrimination at the polls.
Project information and sign-up here.

Newspaper illustration of a pigeon with a camera around its neck.
The New Era (Walden, Colorado), 1909

Learn Something

Learn From the Past
Where else can you find a virtual newstand of yesterday's news? The Colorado Digital Newspaper Project housed at History Colorado has NEW issues now available on Library of Congress' Chronicling America and Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

Virtual Happy Hour with Lannie Garrett
Join Denver celebrity, comedienne, and chanteuse Lannie Garrett for a Zoom-enabled chat over happy hour drinks from the comfort of your home.
Free, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 5:00PM - 6:00PM
More information and registration.

Cat sitting inside typewriter case on desk.
Cat and Typewriter, Winter Prather

Connect with the Collection

Looking for interior design inspiration?
Shop "local” and turn to History Colorado’s impressive collection of historic photographs to adorn your walls. Search our Online Collection of thousands of photographs, suitable for framing.  See something you like?  Learn how to order a print reproduction here.  Questions? Email photos@state.co.us

Digital Meeting Backgrounds
Use these three historic photographs from History Colorado's collection for your digital meeting virtual backgrounds! Simply save the image to your computer or device and add it as a background image to your digital meeting account. Impress your coworkers and friends with your love of history!

87.558.679, Autochrome of mountains and purple wildflowers by Clark Blickensderfer

87.558.679, Autochrome depicting a mountainous landscape with purple wildflowers in the foreground by Clark Blickensderfer. Circa 1910-1930.

PH.PROP.3011, American bison

PH.PROP.3011, Photo of American bison. Circa 1880-1930.

87.558.712, Autochrome of mountains by Clark Blickensderfer

87.558.712, Autochrome of mountains shot by Clark Blickensderfer. Circa 1910-1930.

Earn an Award

2019-2020 Miles and Bancroft Awards Call for Applications
Museums, historical societies, individuals, and other cultural heritage institutions in Colorado are encouraged to apply. Information on how to apply can be found here.

historic photo of street in front of Union Station
Lucile Berkeley Buchanan
Autochrome image of Helen and Barbara Clatworthy sitting on a hill of dirt and debris in the middle of a lake, with the Rockies in the background.
A line of automobiles, flanked on each side by many feet of snow, on Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park
Hotel Colorado in 1900
John Denver with bear
Children in Frisco in 1910
Telluride in winter in 1908
photo of people having fun at Great Sand Dunes