Research in Colorado Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

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It is recommended to familiarize personally with just about any repository in Colorado that you might travel to by getting in contact with to the proper archive or library before you go.

Many, if not all, Colorado repositories have written and published resources that introduce its collections and also research policy.

Colorado archives and historical agencies also have Internet sites that supply the same resources. Many even have down loadable resources for some or parts from the collections.

Colorado Archives

Colorado Museums

  • Animas Museum, 31st Street &West Second Avenue, Durango, Colorado 81301Mailing address:Box 3384, Durango, Colorado 81302;Tel: (970) 259-2402http://www.frontier.net/~animasmuseum/index.html
  • Aurora History Museum/Library, 15001 E. Alameda Drive, Aurora, Colorado 80012;Tel: 303-739-6660http://www.ci.aurora.co.us/index.cfm?fuseaction=sec_sub_articles&sectionid=1&SubSectionid=92
  • Boulder Museum of History, 1206 Euclid Ave., Boulder, Colorado 80302;Tel: 303-449-3464
  • Buena Vista Heritage Museum, 512 E. Main, P.O. Box 1414, Buena Vista, Colorado 81211;Tel: 719-395-8458
  • Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 South Tejon Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903;Tel: 719-385-5990
  • Estes Park Area Historical Museum, 200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, Colorado 80517;Tel: 970-586-6256http://www.estesnet.com/Museum/
  • Fort Collins Museum, 200 Mathews, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524;Tel: 970-221-6738http://www.ci.fort-collins.co.us/museum/
  • Fort Morgan Museum, 414 Main Street, Fort Morgan, Colorado 80701;(970) 867-6331http://www.ftmorganmus.org/
  • High Plains Historical Society/Museum, 775 3rd Street, P.O. Box 122, Nunn, Colorado 80648;Tel: 970-897-2215http://highplainshistory.homestead.com/
  • Loveland Museum and Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, Colorado 80537;Tel: 970-962-2410http://www.ci.loveland.co.us/museum.htm
  • Morrison Heritage Museum, 501 Highway 8, P.O. Box 564, Morrison, Colorado 80465;Tel: 303-697-1873http://town.morrison.co.us/historical/mhm.html, Historic Morrison website: http://town.morrison.co.us/historical/families.html
  • Salida Museum, Salida Chamber of Commerce, 406 W. Highway 50, Salida, Colorado 81201;Tel: 719-539-2068

Colorado Libraries

  • Berthoud Public Library, 236 Welch Ave, P.O. Box 1259, Berthoud, Colorado 80513;Tel: (970)532-2757, Fax: (970)532-4372
  • Boulder Public Library, 1000 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, Colorado 80302;Tel: 303-441-3100
  • Buena Vista Public Library, 131 Linderman Ave., Buena Vista, Colorado 81211;Tel: 719-395-8700
  • Carnegie Branch Library, Local History Research Center, 1125 Pine Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302;Tel: 303-441-3110
  • Colorado Historical Society, Stephen H. Hart Library, 1300 Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203;Tel: 303-866-3682
  • Colorado College, Tutt Library, 1021 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903-2165;Circulation: (719) 389-6184, Reference: (719) 389-6662, Fax: (719) 389-6859
  • Colorado State Library, 201 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, Colorado 80203;Tel: 303-866-6900, Fax: 303-866-6940
  • Denver Public Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Pkwy., Denver, Colorado 80204;Tel: 720-865-1111, Western History Genealogy Department: 720-865-1821
  • Edwin A. Bemis Library, 6014 S. Datura Street, Littleton, Colorado 80120;Tel: 303-795-3961
  • Estes Park Public Library, P.O. Box 1687, 335 East Elkhorn Ave., Estes Park, Colorado 80517;Tel: 970-586-8116
  • Fort Collins Public Library, 201 Peterson Street, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524;Tel: 970-221-6380 Reference, 970-221-6688 Local History
  • Golden Library, 1019 Tenth Street, Golden, Colorado 80401;Tel: 303-279-4585
  • Gunnison County Public Library, Ann Zugelder Library, 307 North Wisconsin, Gunnison, Colorado 81230;Tel: (970) 641-3485, Fax: (970) 641-4653
  • Lakewood Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood, Colorado 80215;Tel: 303-232-9507
  • Loveland Public Library, 300 N. Adams Avenue, Loveland, Colorado 80537;Tel: 970-962-2665http://www.ci.loveland.co.us/_library/libmain.htm
  • Montrose Public Library, 320 South 2nd Street Montrose, Colorado 81401http://www.colosys.net/montrose/#
  • Phillip S. Miller Branch Library, 961 South Plum Creek Boulevard, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104;Tel: (303) 814-0795, Fax: (303) 688-1942http://history.douglas.lib.co.us/lhcinfo/index.htm
  • Norlin Library, 184 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0184;Tel: 303-492-8705;303-492-8834 (Government Publications Library), E-mail: libweb@colorado.eduhttp://www-libraries.colorado.edu/ps/nor/frontpage.htm
  • Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903;Tel: 719-531-6333, Fax: 719-528-5289http://library.ppld.org/SpecialCollections/default.asp
  • Pueblo Regional Library, 100 Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, Colorado 81004;Tel: 719-543-9600
  • Salida Regional Library,405 E Street, Salida, Colorado 81201;Tel: 719-539-4826
  • Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan, P.O. Box 849, Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81147;Tel: 970-264-2209http://www.frontier.net/~ruby/
  • Southern Peaks Public Library, 423 Fourth Street, Alamosa, Colorado 81101;Tel: 719-589-6592
  • Southern Ute Community Library, 330 Burns Avenue, Ignacio, Colorado 81137-0348;Tel: 970-563-0235, Fax: 970-563-0382
  • Stagecoach Library, 1840 S. Wolcott Ct., Denver, Colorado 80219;Tel: (303)922-8856
  • Standley Lake Library, 8485 Kipling Street, Arvada, Colorado 80005;Tel: 303-456-0806http://jefferson.lib.co.us/
  • Weld County Library, 2227 23rd Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 80634;Tel: 970-330-7691http://www.weld.lib.co.us/
  • Wellington Public Library, 3800 Wilson Avenue, Wellington, Colorado 80549;Tel: 970-568-3040

Colorado Periodicals

Genealogical magazines will offer you plenty of sources of information, they could be overlooked by family history and genealogy researchers and genealogist in looking for family history. A good number of regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies issue periodicals which include records concerning the region or area they operate. Sometimes these publications have articles concerning records which aren’t obtainable someplace else.

  • The Colorado Magazine, published by the State Historical Society of Colorado from 1923, and called Heritage after 1979, contains excellent background material for understanding Colorado family history in the context of local history.
  • The Colorado Genealogist – The subject index for volumes 1–42 was compiled in 1982 by Kay R. Merrill and is very helpful in locating published county records. Every-name indexes to the journal are also available.
  • The Foothills Inquirer, published by the Foothills Genealogical Society
  • Telluride Tales – the Telluride Historical Museum’s annual journal

Colorado Historical &Genealogical Societies

For pretty much virtually every Colorado there exists a Colorado genealogical society, a Colorado genealogical council, or both. Besides their own work, Colorado-level groups many times help organize the efforts of local societies throughout the Colorado. Their specific publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those published from the area societies

Regional and State

County, Township and City

Religious and Ethnic

Colorado Newspapers & Publications

Colorado Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) consist of all sorts of useful information pertaining to individual ancestors, entire lineages and families, places in time, and about all kinds of genealogical records and repositories. They assist you to uncover a variety of information about your ancestors from many historical newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. These types of sources can often bolster public records and supply information and facts that is not recorded someplace else. Here, you can learn more pertaining to your ancestor’s possible daily activities by placing them in the framework of their time.

On April 23, 1859, the Rocky Mountain News published its first issue. That was an important event because it signified major settlement in the area. The Denver Public Library, the University of Colorado’s Norlin Library, and the Colorado Historical Society all have extensive collections of Colorado newspapers.

Obituary files from the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post can be found at the Denver Public Library. They are located in the library’s Western History and Genealogy Collection. Some earlier records are also included. Library staff can search those records for researchers with no charge. The Colorado Historical Society’s newspaper collection is on microfilm. However, copies of that collection must be paid for.

Books

Newspapers – Colorado newspapers can furnish all types of evidence about historical events, local history, court and legal notices, obituaries, and considerably more.

  • Colorado Newspapers Directory Listings (onlinenewspapers.com)
  • Historical Newspapers from Colorado (1859–1978) (genealogybank.com) Immediately locate names and key phrases in over 450 million content articles, obituaries, marriage announcements, birth announcements and other items published in over 2,800 historic U.S. newspapers. Unique articles and other content added each and every month!
  • Donald E. Oehlerts, comp., Guide to Colorado Newspapers, 1859–1963 (Denver: Bibliographic Center for Research, 1964)
  • Walter R. Griffin and Jay L. Rasmussen, “A Comprehensive Guide to the Location of Published and Unpublished Newspaper Indexes in Colorado Repositories,” The Colorado Magazine 72 (Fall 1972): 328–39.
  • Colorado Newspaper List (usnpl.com)