Women's Studies Section

Association of College & Research Libraries / American Library Association
Digital Image Collection
[Colorado & the American West]
Primary Source Types for Women's Studies IMAGES
Subjects for Women's Studies African American Women
Economic Status
Family Studies
Frontier and Pioneer Life
Gender Roles
Labor / Employment
Native American Women
New Mexico
Social History
United States
Coverage Dates Varies, earliest noted photograph is 1740
Archive is Ongoing / Completed Ongoing
Publisher Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Department in partnership with the Colorado Historical Society and the Denver Art Museum 
URL http://history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html
Date Searched January 2007


Historic photographs from the collections of the Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy Department and the Colorado Historical Society. The database contains some 100,000 images, as well as records for photographs in the collection that have not yet been digitized and made available online. Photographs are of American Indians, pioneers, railroads, mining, Denver and Colorado towns, city, farm, and ranch life, recreation, scenery, news events and other subjects and states. In addition to the Denver Public Library photographs, there are about 1,000 images of artifacts from the Colorado Historical Society and the Denver Art Museum.

Women's Studies Content

A broad keyword or subject search for "women" generates thousands of results. Images are of American Indian women, pioneer women, and early 20th century women's domestic work and recreational lives, women in educational settings, women and children, portraits of women, and more. The photos are of a high quality and one can stumble across some very beautiful and interesting everyday women. There is a gallery devoted to Native American Women.


One can keyword search or browse search by subject or title. Author/name searching is also possible. Records have detailed summaries of the images. Women's studies related subject headings appear to be limited to the heading women combined with date and geographic headings. This is useful if one wants to retrieve photos of women from a particular time and place -- for instance, women in Colorado from 1890-1910. Most geographic references are from Colorado, but Arizona, New Mexico, California, and other western states are represented.

Truncation yes (*)
Boolean yes (AND, NOT, OR)
Phrase Searching yes
Help Screens/Quality yes / good
Controlled Vocabulary yes (Library of Congress Subject Headings)
Keywords in Context yes

Archive Review:
Sherri Barnes
University of California, Santa Barbara

Last updated: January 12, 2007

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