12/7/12

Local History Online

History is important. Studying and understanding it can help us better understand ourselves and our future. This is why it is important that PCCLD maintains significant portions of our local and regional history. These collections are primarily kept on the third floor of the Rawlings Library and in a special collection about Pueblo West at the Pueblo West Library. We welcome the public to visit and use these materials.


PCCLD now has made plans to broaden access to these important materials by creating digital versions of the originals. By doing so, we are able to make them available more conveniently on the Internet. Genealogists, researchers, students, educators, and others will have easier ability to use them. This also serves us well by helping preserve the originals, which sometimes can be fragile and easily damaged from handling.

Key components of the plan to digitize these historical documents include consideration of best practices and standards. This will help ensure the materials will be more conveniently available for many years to come. The library also recently set up a digital asset management system, which is software to allow storage and discovery of the digitized documents on the Internet.

PCCLD has been working on this project with the guidance of Maria Tucker, Manager of Library Special Collections and Museum Services.

The first selections from the collection were made available for the public to view online last month via the library’s website. This initial offering includes more than 800 historic photographs. Browse, search, and view these historical images that document growth and change in Pueblo. More documents will be added on a regular basis in the months to come. Keep posted to the library’s website for more exciting announcements on this new service soon to come.

LOCAL HISTORY AT THE LIBRARY by Jon Walker

Our community enjoys a rich and diverse history.  This is the story of the people and events helping to shape the saga of this region over ...