History Colorado's Archives collection includes books, manuscript collections, maps and atlases, architectural drawings, newspapers, serial publications and directories, oral histories, sound recordings and transcriptions, and ephemera and subject collections. The collection is particularly strong on subjects relating to early immigration and migration, mining, railroads, and the documentation of the mid-nineteenth century population boom, the growth of cities, and continued migration to Colorado.
History Colorado's collection includes a wide array of artifacts reflecting more than 12,000 years of human presence in Colorado and the region. Collections include such diverse objects as furniture, gold coins, mining equipment, paintings, horse-drawn buggies, firearms, prints, toys, textiles, clothing, and the 10th Mountain Division, New Deal, and Mesa Verde collections.
Collection guides provide information about the contents of History Colorado's collections. Some collection guides cover only archival or photographic material, while others also include information about objects and artifacts that are related to archival or photographic collections.
History Colorado’s quarterly magazine brings the drama and variety of Colorado’s past to your door through richly illustrated stories that link history to art, architecture, sports, music, technology, archaeology, and folklore. Our authors are historians, professional writers, and students as well as everyday readers who’ve landed on a story to tell—whether from their family’s own past or simply a passion they’ve pursued.
History Colorado holds the largest collection of Colorado newspapers available, ranging from 1859 through the present day. The collection contains more than 1700 microfilmed newspaper titles from towns across the state. Approximately 50 currently published newspapers are available in the Stephen H. Hart Research Center.
You can extend the life of your family’s papers, photographs, and heirlooms by following basic guidelines for care and storage. Here are some sources for more information on how to care for your collections.