Colorado State Archives
Welcome to the Colorado State Archives Photographic Collection.
Our photographic resources primarily originate from state institutions and
agencies, but in some cases private donations augment our existing
collections. The collections exhibited below are only a representation of
the much larger CSA collection which is still being actively processed.
Many of the exhibits below incorporate item level photo inventories and in most
cases thumb nailed photographs to ease downloading time. Thank you for
using Colorado's photographic resources.
Copies of any photograph in the collection are available for a nominal
The use of photographs and
other materials in the custody of the Colorado State Archives is governed by
state law and, in some cases, by the terms of the donation
agreement under which the Archives acquired the images. Please
the Archives if you have any questions regarding the
and use of any material presented on this website.
School for Boys Collection & Tour
This collection of photographs
and materials, from both the archives and institution itself, document the
role this school has played in many wayward boys' lives.
Home Collection & Virtual Tour
Photographs taken by the Department of
Institutions documenting the now defunct Colorado Children's Home
primarily during the 1950's.
Denver & Rio
Grande Railroad Collection
The materials in this collection focus on
the daily life and industries that brought people to Colorado via the
train. Many of the photos are of agricultural topics, animal
husbandry, and the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
Barker Meadow Dam Album,
This collection of 65
black & white prints was donated to the Colorado State Archives by the
Theissen Family in order to preserve the legacy of Henry Louis Thiessen's
engineering work on the Barker Meadow Dam & Reservoir.
Department of Corrections Mug Shot Collection
Almost 90,000 images taken for the State Penitentiary and
State Reformatory of inmates between 1893 - 1980.
This collection highlights daily living for
the families of the workers, technological innovations, and the
harrowing work conditions of the tunnel from 1923 to 1927.
The 838 postcards that make up the collection
focus on public buildings, main street scenes, town panoramas, amusements,
Works in Progress
Administration (WPA) Collection
The 1000 plus photographic prints and
nitrate negatives of this collection document the WPA's work in the City
& County of Denver during the Great Depression.
Relief Administration Collection
This collection documents the road
construction, bridge and dam building, sewing projects, and public
building repair done by FERA around the state in 1934-1935.
Conservation Corps (CCC) Collection
Some 300 photographs document specific
projects and CCC camp life throughout the state.
Council of Defense Collection
This large collection holds material
collected by both the Governor and by Major Thomas DeWitt Milling during
WWI & WWII. The collections strengths are in its documentation
of the Billy Mitchell Bombings, Colorado soldiers who were KIA or MIA, and
National Park Collection
This intriguing collection of 103 photographs
covers the period of the site's discovery, repair, and development into an
international tourist attraction.
Fair and Exposition Collection
This collection reviews the historic functions and
present amusements of the Colorado State Fair using past and present
photographs from the Colorado State Archives collections.
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