Request an Appointment to View Items
Appointments help provide a productive research experience as items (archives, photographs, artifacts, microfilm, etc.) will be identified prior to, and then made ready for, your visit. Please fill out an appointment request which serves as the registration form at least 3 business days (72 hours) prior to the date of your intended visit. If you need help identifying items in the collection or need general research assistance, then please fill out the form but leave the appointment section at the bottom blank. Some items may not be available for your appointment due to reasons like fragility or being offsite. We will let you know prior to your appointment if an item is unavailable.
All researchers must present a photo ID prior to handling materials.
Personal belongings, save for materials needed for research, must be stored in lockers outside the reading room. A quarter is required to lock the door and receive the key, and will be returned once you are finished.
- Food and drinks, including water, coffee, gum, and cough drops
- Pens and markers
- Bags and laptop cases
- Professional camera equipment
- Coats and outdoor clothes
- Notebooks, folders, or outside books
- Loose paper
- Cellphones - with sound off
Wash Hands with Soap and Water
Wash hands with soap and water and dry thoroughly prior to beginning to research (no hand sanitizer). Gloves will be provided for handling certain items.
Camera Use and Reproduction Requests
Personal cameras (including cell phones) can be used to document materials for personal / research purposes only.
• If you plan to take photographs, carefully read the Camera Use Guidelines.
• If you require permission to use images for purposes other than personal/research purposes AND/OR require a more high quality image, you will be directed to fill out a Reproduction Request Form.
• Researchers are responsible for compliance with all copyright laws.
• Scanning, Printing & Copying services are available; please ask staff for assistance and fee schedule.
Collections Use Conditions
- History Colorado does not hold copyright for all items in the moving image collection. Any questions of copyright that arise are the responsibility of the user. History Colorado will endeavor to provide as much copyright information as it possesses for any given item.
- Departmental policies determine access to collection items. History Colorado reserves the right to restrict reproduction or use of rare or valuable material, and to ensure that any use is consistent with the mission of History Colorado and any donor stipulations.
- Moving image footage may be used only as described in the Collections Use Agreement. Permission is granted when the Collections Use Agreement is signed and dated by both parties, all fees are paid, and all conditions have been met. For footage requiring digitization, payment for all shipping & handling must be received in advance of moving image collection items being sent to History Colorado’s preferred contractor.
- Rights for single, one time use are granted unless otherwise stated on the agreement. Further use of any kind requires written permission from History Colorado and may require additional fees. Rights are not transferable without written permission.
- Moving image footage must be credited as described in the Collections Use Agreement. Credit must accompany the footage in a caption or credit screen. Preferred credit to read: “Collection Name or Accession #, History Colorado.”
- Footage may not be resold, reused, transferred, or donated to another individual or repository without written permission from History Colorado.
- For digitized footage, licensing fees are assessed on a per-second basis, the intended use, distribution, and the non-profit status of the user. At this time we are only able to provide the full high resolution file and patrons must pay a reproduction fee for those files based on running time. Licensing fees are assessed only for actual footage used.
- For footage requiring digitization, licensing fees are assessed on a per-item basis. These fees are non-refundable and History Colorado makes no guarantee as to the content or condition of the film or video to be transferred. Users are responsible for all costs of digitization, including any necessary preservation work, and digital master and access copies for History Colorado’s collection. Digitization costs are payable directly to History Colorado’s preferred third-party contractor and are in addition to any licensing fees payable to History Colorado. In certain cases, it may be possible to receive more information about a film or video and a price quote from the third-party contractor prior to paying licensing fees to History Colorado.
If you have any questions about our moving image collection, policies, or fees, please contact us at email@example.com or (303) 866-3759.
We are unable to provide appraisals of the monetary value of materials offered as gifts, brought in for identification, or submitted for any other purpose.
The United States Internal Revenue Service regards museums as interested parties and appraisals prepared by them for gifts that they receive are subject to question. This is because some museums in the past were tempted to compete for gifts by providing high appraisals. Consequently, the Association of College and Research Libraries recommends that "to protect both its donors and itself, the library, as an interested party, ordinarily should not appraise gifts made to it." Most museums now follow policies on appraisals similar to ours.
When an appraisal is used for tax or insurance purposes, an appraiser must be prepared to defend his appraisal in court. This requires an expert knowledge of prices. We are not in the business of buying or selling on a daily basis, so we cannot provide current market information as appraisers can. Furthermore, appraisers often have much more extensive collections of price guides and related bibliographies.
Similar considerations apply when appraisals are requested for reasons not connected with gifts and tax deductions. Accurate establishment of prices can be a complex procedure, requiring a time-consuming search in auction records and price guides that we are unable to undertake.
Professional appraisers in your area can be located by checking the telephone directory under headings such as "Appraisers," "Books - Rare & Used," and "Antiques - Dealers." Other sources are the web sites of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, The Appraisers Association of America, Inc., and the American Society of Appraisers.
You should expect to pay an appraisal fee unless materials are subsequently purchased by the appraiser. For income tax purposes, fees paid for the appraisal of materials donated to a qualifying charitable institution such as a museum are deductible within the limits established by law.
Research Services Under 15 minutes: Free
Members: Free-1 hour research per membership year with up to 5 scanned pages* included; $10 each additional hour. To become a member of History Colorado, click here to join online or contact our membership office at 303-866-3639.
Non-Members: $20/hour-CO residents with up to 5 scanned pages included* $30/hour-Out of state with up to 5 scanned pages included*
Payment for 1 hour’s worth of research is required at the time of the request. Additional charges may apply for copying and shipping. We will make every attempt to assist you, but please be aware that paying for research does not guarantee we will be able to find the information requested.
*Use, distribution, and/or publication of reproductions requires written permission from History Colorado. The patron is responsible for compliance with copyright laws. Use of images of or from History Colorado collections may require a fee.