The McCloud Collection stands alone as the documentation of a unique time and place in American History - the flourishing of Denver's African-American community during the crucial years between 1940 and 1980. Apparently on the guest list everywhere, this dedicated self-taught photographer captured countless rare moments and festive events that are preserved in some 100,000 photographs of his that are housed in the Western History photo vaults. Gems include candid shots of Martin Luther King, Duke Ellington, Jesse Jackson, and Mahalia Jackson, a personal friend. Read more.
Every week we run across genealogists who are interested in establishing links to their Native American ancestors.
For some of these folks, confirming a link to a specific tribe is a way of validating family stories they’ve heard since childhood. For others, proving direct ties to a specific tribe is the first step in the long process of becoming formally recognized as members of that tribe. Read more.
To honor the memory of Juanita Ross Gray, a former Denver Public Library staff member and dedicated community advocate, the Library presents an annual award to an outstanding individual in our community. This event has become the kick-off celebration of African-American Awareness Month at the Denver Public Library.
We encourage you to nominate someone you believe deserves this award. We are equally interested in youth, ages 14-18, who are setting an example for all in our community. Nominations due by December 1! More information.
Much of the African American, Genealogy and Western History collections are open for research and most contain no restrictions. In most cases, these materials are available on the day of your arrival.
However, it is recommended to schedule an appointment. During the initial interview, expect to complete an application and present a form of photo identification. Researchers are not required to have a letter of introduction. More information.
All Denver Public Library locations will be closed Thursday, December 25, 2014 and Thursday, January 1, 2015. All locations will also close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 31.