The Denver Public Library is the place to go for everything western history. Maps, photos, paintings, and sculptures,.
The Denver Public Library is the place to go for everything western history. Maps, photos, paintings, and sculptures,. As librarian Arianna Ross says, “If it’s about the west…It’s here,”. The shelves are stocked full with Indians, the Old West, and even events as close as five years ago. You can even find Hawaiian and Alaskan history in the section. The 5th floor is where you will find the manuscript room, here you have access to photos as old as 200 years! But the history doesn’t stop there. Some of the earliest Western History books and resources at the Library come from the 1600s. Where else where you get to view Denver Maps from 1874? Though, the 5th floor is only for in library reference, many books here have duplicates in closed cases available for checkout.
While at the library, make sure you stop by the 10th Mountain Division Room. You can learn all about the WW2 team of soldiers on skis. Being apart of the 10th Mountain Division was hard, it required extra training. But it was certainly worth it. This team was so influential for the American Armed Forces and really brought popularity to skiing in Colorado. The room is outfitted with photos, reading passages, and of course, priceless works of art.
Art is everywhere at the Denver Public Library! It’s very well kept too! To protect the paintings and many, many other artifacts they are rotated out. While some are hanging along walls and hallways, others are in climate controlled rooms. Without this protection photos from say, 200 years ago would not be in such great condition. To view the art and photos in the rooms, you can just ask a librarian to bring them out for you.
The library is always happy to share their information! Make sure to visit next time you're in the downtown denver area. The library is located at 10 W. Ave in Denver.