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Master Accession Box List Boxes by Title

A searchable index of our collection can be accessed online by contacting the Archive. This index boasts over 22,000 lines; or about 17,500 entries.  For information on accessing the searchable index, email

This list represents some of the holdings at the Archive that may be of interest to genealogists, teachers, and local history researchers. 

     Birth & Death Records  3 Boxes Region Hand copied

     Businesses 4 Boxes Florence & Region Photos, records, newspaper clippings

     Cemetery Records 31 Binders Union Highland, Florence Often Includes Obituaries

     Cemetery Records San Juan Bautista, Florence

     Census Box 1910 Fremont County

     Census CD 1891 Great Britain

     Churches 1 Box Florence & Coal Towns

     City Directories Books/Files County, Canon, Florence 1861-1977, County, Cities, Bus (not all years)

     Family Files 100+ Folders     Individual Families docs, clippings, letters, photos

     Fossils Box

     History, early Book Florence & Area

     Hospital Box St. Joseph

     Library Box Florence First, Carnegie, JCFLD

     Maps 7 Boxes County, Florence, RR 1870 – the 1970s

     Marriage Records 1 Box Region

     Mines 2 Boxes Region Coal, Gold, Silver, Mills, Smelters

     Museum 1 Box Price Pioneer Museum

     Newspapers 6 Binders Newspaper Indexes/Briefs Florence Area newspapers

     Newspapers Boxes Original, Pioneer Editions 1900 – Present

     Newspapers Bound/Boxes Originals, Florence Citizen 1940 – Present

     Newspapers 12 Boxes Originals, Florence Citizen 1890 -1920s (incomplete collection)

         Paradox, Refiner, Exparte

     Newspapers 5 Boxes Microfilm Rolls 1896 – 1941 (incomplete collection)  

         Citizens, County Democrat, see list below

     Obituaries Folders/Boxes Regional Early Settlement to present

    Oil 2 Boxes Fremont & Custer County docs, clippings, letters, photos

    Organizations 3 Boxes Florence and area docs, clippings, letters, photos

    Poor Farm Box Fremont County Records

    Railroads 3 Boxes D&RG, F&CC, AT&SF, Elec Local/County/Region, docs, clippings, photos

    Schools 3 Boxes Fremont County, East School censuses, histories, photos, clipping Custer County

    Towns 12 Boxes Individual Towns, Camps, Docs, maps, clippings, photos

   Settlements, in Fremont and Custer Counties including; 

     Beaver Creek, Chandler, 

    Coal Creek, Cotopaxi, Florence,  

    Fremont, Hardscrabble, Hillside, 

    Howard, Ilse, Labran, Penrose, 

    Radiant (aka Radient, Kenwood), 

    Rockvale, Silver Cliff, Westcliffe, 

    Wetmore, Williamsburg

 Transportation Box Roads, Auto, etc. Not Railroads

 Water Rights Binder

 Books and Periodicals and local and regional history       


    Colorado Magazine  – Many issues Historical Articles  

Independent Collections  Colorado Territorial Daughters (Southern Chapter),

   Deyon Boughton-Cotter EPA Super Fund Site

   Florence Chamber of Commerce

   Rialto Theatre, 


Micro Film

Several newspapers from Florence and surrounding areas from 1896 to 1941

Colorado State Library Historical Newspaper Collection