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William N. Byers
William N. Byers, Editor of the Rocky Mountain News

Collecting History

Newspapers have always been an important collecting and preservation initiative at History Colorado, in no small part due to the fact that two Denver newspapermen helped establish the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado) in 1879.  Will Ferrill, the publisher of the Daily Colorado Republican and Rocky Mountain Herald, was the society’s first curator. William N. Byers, the founder of the venerable Rocky Mountain News, was one of the society’s first directors.  History Colorado’s newspapers include publications from each of the state’s 64 counties, preserving the extraordinary history of ordinary people and capturing history in the making.  

Trinidad Advertiser Office

Men, a woman, and a boy pose in front of the Morning Advertiser newspaper office in Trinidad (Las Animas County), Colorado. 

White & Graham, 1892

Explore the Newspaper Collection

Titles in the History Colorado Newspaper Collection can be found in the History Colorado Online Collection.  Most of the titles, including the earliest runs of the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post, as well as current issues from titles from across the state have been microfilmed and are available for viewing at the Stephen H. Hart Research Center. To learn more about which newspapers are in the collection and to find out what dates are in our inventory, please email

Preserving the Past for the Future

In the 1980s the society was awarded an National Endowment for the Humanities U.S. Newspaper Project grant to microfilm 1.7 million pages from historic Colorado newspapers resulting in 830 reels.  The project preserved 600 titles from over 200 towns in Colorado, which were found in 77 different repositories throughout the state.

The Colorado Newspaper Project reached across the state overcoming the urban/rural and mountain/plains dichotomy. The committed staff worked in barns and basements, abandoned missile silos, and brand new libraries…they read an estimated 577 miles of microfilm.  And they regularly made personal connections with the interesting and astounding face of local history…reading the rigors of settlement life in the mountains and the tragedies of dryland farming…Newspaper preservation…is--at heart--the preservation of the stories of ordinary people. (Colorado Newspaper Project final report to National Endowment for the Humanities)

To date, History Colorado holds over 22,000 reels of microfilm. It is the most extensive collection of Colorado newspapers in the world with more than 1700 microfilmed titles from across the state.  We continue to collect and film newspapers from each of Colorado’s 64 counties. It is an extraordinary contemporary collecting program that highlights Colorado’s social, racial, economic and political, and religious diversity.

Newspapers on Chronicling America

Some of the 50 newspaper titles from Colorado available on Chronicling America and Colorado Historical Newspaper Collection.

Sharing the Diverse Stories of Colorado in the Digital Age

Chronicling America

History Colorado digitizes historic Colorado newspapers through a National Digital Newspaper Program grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Nearly 300,000 pages of Colorado newspapers have been digitized and are available on the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America database. In this project we have endeavored to continue the work of the original US Newspaper Program and represent diverse communities through their newspapers and their stories.  See a full list of digitized newspapers from the Collection.

Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection

History Colorado also works closely with the Colorado State Library, providing access to titles in our microfilm collection through digitization in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection. CHNC currently includes over 2.8 million digitized pages, representing more than 650 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 up thru 2022.

Extra! Extra! Get Your Copies Here!

History Colorado’s collection of historic and current newspapers are available for reproduction. Duplicate reels, created from master negatives, may be requested for individual research or library use.  Learn about this service, including establishing standing orders for currently collected titles.

Colorado's Reel History

Catch up on yesterday’s news today in this blog series showcasing some of the many historic newspapers in our collection.

The Elk Mountain Pilot 

Rocky Ford Enterprise 

The Chronicle-News 

The Statesman and Denver Star