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Explore Colorado’s past through the archives, artifacts, and photographs of the History Colorado Collection.

The Stephen H. Hart Research Center provides access to the History Colorado Collection as well as research and reproduction services.  Please visit the History Colorado website for more information.

Research Center staff are happy to help with virtual assistance at cosearch@state.co.us or by telephone 303-866-2305. Starting in August, the Research Center is open for in-person appointments on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and select Saturdays from 10am-3pm.  Please contact us to schedule an appointment. 

Community Lending Resource

Receive exclusive access to objects from History Colorado’s collection by borrowing pre-packaged Curated Colorado Stories! The Curatorial Services and Collections Access (CSCA) department’s Community Lending Resource connects with Rural Partners of smaller museums, historic sites, libraries, and community centers with ready-to-display loans of objects, reproduction photos, interpretive labels, and programming ideas around a central theme. 


Each Curated Colorado Story consists of 5-10 History Colorado Collection objects based on a movement, people, place, subject, area in Colorado, or historic event and fit in 1-2 display cases. Click the tabs to see the stories, objects, and images included in each Curated Colorado Story.


Rural partners will be able to borrow, for a nominal fee of $150, one Curated Colorado Story at a time for a period of 3 - 6 months (depending on the season and availability for shipments). Shipments are completed through FedEx (included in the nominal fee), cannot be shipped to PO Boxes, and someone must be present to sign for the totes. Additional services provided by CSCA staff are available for purchase. 


Interested? Complete this interest form or select the item and hit the Submit a Request button!


Audiences will feel a local connection with Colorado’s history and borrowers have direct access to History Colorado’s network and resources. The Community Lending Resource offers Curated Colorado Stories for Colorado institutional or non-profit entities only at this time. 

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