Stories of Colorado is a collection of Colorado related content from individuals or institutions that do not have an online presence, but have interesting and relevant pieces of Colorado history and culture to share. The collection is curated by Colorado State Library and includes oral essays, photographs and images, documents, videos—whatever captures the experiences of the people in our great state.

Stories of Colorado also supports the growth of other services provided by Colorado State Library to the cultural heritage community. For instance, it hosts the oral history recordings created as part of the activities in the Storytelling Kit. And since Stories of Colorado is part of CVL Collections, any digital items contributed to it will be made available in the Digital Public Library of America through the Plains to Peaks Collective.

Stories of Colorado accepts a variety of media, including:

This project uses the Omeka platform. All items are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0 DEED). The collections included are provided by cultural heritage organizations within the state that want to help their patrons share their voice with a larger audience. The opinions expressed are those of the storyteller, and not those of the Colorado State Library or the Colorado Virtual Library.

How to Participate

  1. Complete the Stories of Colorado Online Content Submission Form.
  2. Upload your digital content though the online form, or send via an external storage device to: Colorado State Library, Attn: Regan Harper, 201 E. Colfax Ave Rm 309, Denver, CO 80203
  3. Complete and return the “Stories of Colorado” Informed Consent and Copyright Permission for Oral History Interviews, Images, Newsletters, and Personal Documents.
  4. Wait to hear from us regarding your form submission, your collection, and your content.

Digitization Kits

Don’t have digital content yet? We can help with that. The Colorado State Library has digitization kits available for loan to libraries and museums via our Resource Kit program. Available kits include audio recorders, digital scanners, how-to instructions, and external hard drives to assist in the transfer of data to the Colorado State Library for inclusion in the Stories of Colorado collection.  

Note: Borrowing the digitization equipment requires that any content created with it be shared with either the Stories of Colorado collection or with the Plains to Peak Collective. Content from both of these collections will be shared nationally through the Digital Public Library of America.