The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Denver Public Library. Central Library: Western History and Genealogy
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Repository URL: http://history.denverlibrary.org/
Repository code: cod
Repository description (CRHP): The library holds a number of oral histories, some of which have been digitized.
Repository description (extant): The Western History Collection and the Genealogy Collection merged into one department in 1995, moving into the fifth level of the new Michael Graves library building. Both departments' holdings started being collected in the first decades of the twentieth century, 1935 and 1910 respectively. The staff of the combined department numbers approximately forty-five, with many volunteers assisting with special projects.
The celebrated collection of Western Americana officially opened to the public in 1935, though it built upon a pre-existing Colorado authors collection of books and a Colorado history collection of pamphlets. Today the western subject specialty reflects all phases of development of the trans-Mississippi West. The collection continues to grow and presently includes 200,000 cataloged books, pamphlets, atlases, maps, and microfilm titles. In addition, it offers 600,000 photographs, 3,700 manuscript archives, and a remarkable collection of Western fine art and prints to researchers across the world.
The Genealogy Collection is the second largest between the Mississippi River and the West Coast and the largest in the Rocky Mountain area. Family history researchers find material spanning dozens of generations and covering a wide spectrum of ethnic and geographic categories. Sixty-thousand books, 75,000 pieces of microform, and hundreds of magazine and newsletter titles, charts, clippings, atlases and manuscripts constitute the collection. The joint holdings offer extensive historical resources to both western history researchers and genealogy researchers.
Repository Notes (CRHP): Digitized holdings about the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado, including images, can be found through the Heritage West database (http://bcr-lists.org:82/WebZ/cdp2005/categories/category_institutions.html?sessionid=01-38115-262479458). Browse by collection to see the holdings of the Denver Public Library.
Repository type: Public Library
[Ku Klux Klan interviews]
Western History/Genealogy Dept. oral history project
Neighborhood oral history project
Five Points interviews
Charles W. Rothwell oral history