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About the Photographs Collection

The Denver Public Library’s Western History/Genealogy Department collection of digitized photographs (formerly Photoswest) chronicles the people, places and events that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western United States. It is representative of works of many outstanding photographers. Subjects include Native Americans, pioneers, railroads, mining, Denver and Colorado towns, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and the 10th Mountain Division ski troops. New images continue to be added, chronicling the ongoing development of Western America.

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For more information about the collection or to purchase images, contact the Photo Sales staff at photosales@denverlibrary.org or 720-865-1818.

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