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Finding Narratives from Denvers Neighborhoods
The following options can provide narrative information on neighborhood history. Some collections may include letters, oral histories, or other forms of personal recollection. Others -- such as collections of newspaper articles -- can provide snippets of individuals' viewpoints through interviews, editorials, or quotations, framed in the larger context provided by an article.
- Explore the collections of Denver Public Library's Western History and Genealogy collection online. They are at: https://history.denverlibrary.org/ If you don't see items that meet your needs, try giving them a call at 720-865-1821.They're incredibly knowledgeable, and no one loves discussing Denver history as much as they do!
- See whether there is a Denver Public Library branch library in the neighborhood. Those are often rich sources of commentary on neighborhood history. Give them a call. Ask whether they have a collection of resources on neighborhood history, or whether a staff member might be willing to talk about neighborhood history in detail.
- Do a little bit of creative Googling. See whether your neighborhood has a neighborhood historical association with contact information.
- History Colorado (the history museum over by the art museum) offers surprisingly little information about its collections online. I think they want you to have to come over and pay admission (admittedly, it's worth it!). However, they have an immensely helpful and generous library staff. If you give them a call, they'll be able to tell you about relevant items in their collection -- both on display and in their archives. That might yield some exciting results. Their number is: 303-866-2305
- The database called Access World News includes the Denver Post. You may want to explore the Denver Post from 1920-1970 (just entering some terms that might interest you -- see what people were talking about!). Local newspapers can be a great indicator of public opinion. Access World News is at: https://library.auraria.edu/databases/access-world-news
- The Auraria Library's "Latinos and Hispanics in Colorado: Photograph Collection" offers wonderful insights into Denver's Latino history. Photographs detail both official events and candid life.