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Books & Videos
Find Colorado and western history ebooks, print books, videos, and more using words that describe your topic. For example:
- Colorado history women
- Pueblo Indians
- gold mines Colorado
- Colorado history five points
Not finding what you need through Auraria Library? Try:
This catalog has material from academic, public, and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Auraria Campus students, faculty, and staff can request over 30 million books, journals, DVDs, CDs, videos and other material at no charge. The item(s) will be delivered to Auraria Library for pick-up.
Identify resources from libraries worldwide here. This massive catalog lists the holdings of thousands of libraries throughout North America & beyond.
Can't find an item anywhere? Request the item via Interlibrary Loan. You can request journal articles, books, and other material. You will first need to create an account and then enter the citation information of the item you need.
Related Colorado and the U.S. West History Guides
Below are sample titles about Colorado and the U.S. West available in ebook format through the Auraria Library. Also, check-out the Great Colorado Books list, to browse through some recommended titles.
Databases & Websites
Find Colorado and western history articles and primary sources through the Auraria Library's Database List, linked from the Library's home page. Browse the topic "History, United States," or search the list using such keywords as Western History.
Below are sample databases and websites strong in Colorado and the U.S. West information.
Denver Post Historical Archive 1894-1989
Full-text coverage (no images) of Denver's daily newspaper from June 1989 to
the present, and full-text plus image access from 1894-1989 through the Denver
Post Historical Archive. Current paper issues are available on the first floor.
Archival content from 1990 through the latest full year are available in
microform located on the second floor.
Colorado Historic Newspapers
The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) currently includes digitized pages representing individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 to 1923. Due to copyright restrictions, CHNC does not generally include newspapers published after 1923.
Supplies information, primary resources, and Annotated Resources Sets on the Centennial State: Colorado.
Browse issues of Colorado Magazine containing a total of 1300 articles. The content is of interest to both Colorado history scholars and aficionados, covering subjects ranging from art and archaeology to folk legends, regional history, and biography.
Western History Subject Index
Formerly known as the General Index, this Colorado/Western history resource indexes the Rocky Mountain News from 1865 to 1995 as well as other newspapers, journal and magazine articles, manuscript collections, and chapters from books in the Denver Public Library collections. This index was originally accessible only through print-format catalog cards in the Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library. Each card has been digitized; results pull up images of the cards.
Rocky Mountain News
Colorado's oldest daily newspaper. Find full text content, in Newsbank's America's News collection excluding ads, from 1989 until the paper's demise in 2009.
See also Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection, with searchable digitized issues from 1860-1875.
See also:Western History Subject Index, A digitized card index allowing subject searching of issues from 1865 - 1995.
Rocky Mountain News content is available on Microfilm copies, on the Library's second floor, for all issues from 1878. Note: RMN began publication in 1859.
America: History and Life with Full Text
An index to journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on North American historical topics from prehistory to the present. See Historical Abstracts for historical coverage beyond the US and Canada.
Find diverse U.S. perspectives on a wide range of topics from a variety of current and retrospective news media, including The Denver Post from June 1989.
Content, all related to the U.S. West, includes original manuscripts, ephemeral material (including trade cards, wanted posters, photos, claim certificates, news-sheets, etc.), maps, and rare printed works.
Collections to Search or Visit
The collections below have in-house and online materials as well as expert assistance on topics related to Colorado and the U.S. West.
Denver Public Library's (DPL) Genealogy, African American, and Western History
DPL is home to a a premier collection of print and digital materials on western and Colorado history as well as knowledgeable and helpful librarians.
Colorado State Library
The State Publications Library provides Colorado residents with access to information produced by the state government as well as answering questions related to state information. Publications created by state agencies cover a wide variety of topics.
History Colorado - Stephen H. Hart Library
Search the Hart Library's catalog to discover the rich holdings of the library associated with Colorado's historical society, History Colorado.
Colorado State Archive
This is the state's repository of Colorado legal and historical records. Includes audiotapes of Colorado House and Senate debates, floor proceedings, House / Senate Committee Hearings, House / Senate standing and interim committee meetings.
Find links to thousands of North American historical societies, preservation organizations, museums, lodgings, and historic structures.
National Archives: Rocky Mountain Region.
This collection is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal agency that, by law, preserves and provides access to permanently valuable, noncurrent Federal records with historical, legal, or fiscal value.
Mountain West Digital Library
A search portal for digital collections about the Mountain West region supplying free access to hundreds of thousands of resources from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, government agencies, counties, and municipalities in Utah, Nevada, and other parts of the U.S. West.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
This is a branch of the Denver Public Library system. In addition to useful research materials, an array of exhibits and lectures are regularly offered.
Denver Art Museum Library Catalog
The Denver Art Museum Library is a specialized research resource for museum staff, volunteers, and visiting scholars. Non-staff may use materials in the library. Open to the public by appointment at 720-913-0100.
Special Collections & Digital Initiatives at Auraria Library
Located on the 2nd floor of the Auraria Library, Special Collections offers many resources of interest, including materials related to the Auraria campus, including campus buildings.
Rocky Mountain Online Archive
Information about archival collections in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. The online finding aids give detailed descriptions of historical primary source materials located at the different repositories.