Colorado Archives, Libraries, and Societies

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This entry was originally written by Birdie Monk Holsclaw and Marsha Hoffman Rising CG, FUGA, FASG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the Colorado Family History Research series.
History of Colorado
Colorado Vital Records
Census Records for Colorado
Background Sources for Colorado
Colorado Maps
Colorado Land Records
Colorado Probate Records
Colorado Court Records
Colorado Tax Records
Colorado Cemetery Records
Colorado Church Records
Colorado Military Records
Colorado Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Colorado Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Colorado County Resources
Map of Colorado

Colorado State Archives

1313 Sherman St., Rm 1B-20
Denver, CO 80203

Many of the holdings of the state archives have been described in various sections above. All out-of-state requests are charged a search fee of $25 per name, payable in advance. This fee is then applied to the copies of information up to three pages. Additional pages are $1.25 per page. There is an additional fee of $10 if certified copies are needed.

Colorado Historical Society

The Stephen H. Hart Library
Colorado Heritage Center
1300 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203

There is an admission fee to the state museum but no fee to use the library, which has extensive holdings as described above. No material is circulated.

Denver Public Library

Western History and Genealogy
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy
Denver, CO 80204-2731

In addition to being a superb collection of genealogical research materials and having a microfilm collection of newspapers and census records, the Western history collection is a rich source for regional history and manuscripts.

Norlin Library

University of Colorado
1157 18th St. (18th and Colorado), Box 184
Boulder, CO 80309-0184

Their Government Publications Department is a federal regional depository as well as a Colorado state publications depository. It holds nearly complete microfilmed census population schedules and Soundexes, in addition to many other publications of interest to Colorado and other researchers. The Archives Department has many printed and manuscript materials relating to Colorado and Western history.

Colorado Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 9218
Denver, CO 80209-0218

Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies

P.O. Box 24379
Denver, CO 80224

The council will provide an electronic copy of all genealogical societies in the state on its website if requested by e-mail, or a hard copy of the list by regular mail when a self-addressed stamped envelope is included with the request.