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Collection Overview

Drawn from the collections of the Denver Public Library, History of the American West, 1860-1920, is a collection of over 30,000 photographs that document the history of the American West. Included are photographs depicting the growth of mining and the activities of the Native Americans living in the area. Other photographs share the unique look of various towns and the western landscape. Images of the 10th Mountain Division, a division of ski troops based in Colorado during World War II, are also included in this collection.

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Historical Eras

These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.

  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930

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