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Research Collections

Dig deep into local history with a variety of research tools available at the Archive at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Don't know where to start? Try the Quick Guide to Local Records (PDF format/593K), then continue with some of our most popular collections: Buildings, Historic Photographs, and Museum Artifacts. Document your research by Citing Archival Materials.

324 E. Oak, W.O. Mosman house The preservation of Fort Collins historic buildings has enhanced the beauty of our town and attracted many people to our city.
A linotype keyboard machine setting type for the Larimer County Democrat in 1906. City directories provide a wealth of information for historical research. Recently, over 100 Fort Collins and Larimer County directories dating from 1902 to 2005 have been scanned and are now available for research online. Physical copies of the scanned directories are available at the Archive.
Ben Whedbee Genealogy Reference materials are located in the Reference Area on the second floor of the Old Town Library. The materials in the Reference area are accessible all hours the library is open.
Historic maps offer great insights into the location of many aspects of history, such as the location of business districts, industries, parks, and schools over time.
Franklin Avery The Fort Collins Local History Archive has more than 200,000 photographs, slides, and negatives that chronicle the people, places, and events that have shaped the history of Fort Collins and surrounding areas from the 1860s to the present day. Currently, more than 30,000 of these images have been digitized and are searchable online.
Frank Stover The local biographical records contain information on the occupations, relatives, and birth/death dates of many Fort Collins historical figures.
Choice Magazine, July 1981 The Local Journals collection consists of an index of articles and advertisements from a variety of magazines, newspapers, and serial publications produced in Fort Collins and Larimer County.
James R. Miller "Historical Sketches: Fort Collins and Larimer County" by James R. Miller includes six scrapbooks of historical articles that appeared in the "Fort Collins Coloradoan" from 1962-1970.
Chair from the Museum collection The Fort Collins Museum Artifact Collection consists of over 40,000 objects representing the history and culture of Northern Colorado, collected since the museum's inception in 1941. These objects include household and personal artifacts, clothing and textiles, agricultural and industrial materials, biological and geological specimens, and archaeological collections.
Carl Anderson Newspapers are one of the most versatile and heavily used sources of information for researchers, genealogists, students and the general public. Obituary notices appearing in the Coloradoan newspaper from 1977 to the October 2012 have been duplicated and are both indexed and filed alphabetically in the Library and the Archive. Additionally, there are obituaries from 1999-present online in the Coloradoan newspaper database.
Agnes Wright Spring The Fort Collins Local History Archive has nearly 400 oral histories in the collection; nearly 350 of these interviews have verbatim transcripts with one copy on hand for research at the Archive and another copy available for check out at the Library.
Browsing the Reference Books The Archive has over 3,000 books pertaining to the history of Larimer County and Colorado. Many of these books are rare and out of print, and include yearbooks, city reports, and volumes on architectural history. The Library houses a Genealogy Reference collection, and subscribes to an assortment of newspapers and periodicals devoted to Colorado and the West.
Editha Todd Leonard, c.1930 The Special Collections include written materials, photographs, scrapbooks, and other items that pertain to a particular family, business, organization, or government entity. These collections often contain primary source materials that offer unique views into local history.
Chief Wolf Robe This Detailed Time Line includes a chronological index of Fort Collins information compiled by Fort Collins Museum volunteers in the 1990s. There are excerpts from local and Denver newspapers, local and Colorado history books, and museum and library scrapbooks and vertical files. A Brief Time Line and a Timeline of Native Americans in Larimer County are also available.
Triangle Review Newspaper May 5, 1973, saw the publication of Volume 1, Number 1 of the Triangle Review newspaper in Fort Collins, Colorado. The paper was delivered free to residents and featured human interest stories, folksy columns, and sketches of personalities in the community.
Local History Archive, Fort Collins Public Library,
Charlene Tresner, c.1978 The Archive contains hundreds of files on a wide variety of local topics, events, places, and people.

Other Useful Research Collections / Sources

Avery House Local, Regional, and National resources on history.

Featured Collection
Editha Todd Leonard
The Special Collections include written materials, photographs, scrapbooks, and other items that pertain to a particular family, business, organization, or government entity. These collections often contain primary source materials that offer unique views into local history.

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