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About the Digital Image Collection

The collection chronicles the people, events and places that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western frontier. The works of many outstanding photographers are represented and features images of North American Indians, pioneer life, mining, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Denver, Colorado towns, railroads and more.

The complete undigitized collection (materials that have not yet been scanned for viewing online) consists of more than 600,000 prints, negatives, glass negatives, cartes-de-visite, tintypes, photograph albums and stereocards, the majority dating from the 19th century. The undigitized images are available for study at the Denver Public Library and may be located by contacting Western History and Genealogy staff.

Andrew J. Ryan

A. J. Ryan - test driver for 9 years no accidents over 2 million miles equal to 11 trips to moon [1957].

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Updated: June 25, 2013