DENVER - It sits on the corner of 26th and Welton streets, and inside the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library sit hundreds of boxes containing the stories of the families, businesses and leaders who have helped shape Colorado.


"We have 150 collections," Blair-Caldwell Library Senior Collections Specialist Charleszine "Terry" Nelson said. "We have probably another 150 [more collections.] But it takes a lot of time to archive them properly."

Those collections sometimes come from prominent African-American leaders like former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb. Other times, the collections come from everyday families who want their historic photos to be kept in a special place.

"They really wanted to know that their materials were going to be well taken care of and that they could come back and visit their materials," Nelson said.

Those families, groups and individuals have given their memorabilia to the museum, which can be a great resource for those looking to document the history of African-American life in Colorado. Such information has helped people research projects and their own personal history.

"Many people have just brought their photos [and] their family photos so we could do a genealogy search," Nelson said.

Some of those photos come from publications like the Manual High School yearbook. The school has given the library its yearbooks dating back to 1884. Nelson thinks people may not realize that those types of materials are available, anytime.

"We have so many of the original stories," Nelson said. "We have the information that no one has been able to find out."

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