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National Western Stock Show Records

Identifier: WH940

Scope and Contents

The collection dates from 1930-2022 and includes an index of bulletins (1957-1969, 1971-1981); memorabilia (2000); Citizen of the West program and invitations; judging contest lists; and scrapbooks containing primarily newspaper clippings. Selected scrapbooks are available on microfilm. Also included in the collection are Coors Western Art Exhibit programs, guides, premium list (2009-2012), as well as building survey reports, maps, photographs, and plans for the site of the National Western Center. Additional materials in the collection include memos, correspondence, calendars, proposals, postcards, and catalogs.


  • 1930-2022

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Late in 1905, an initial meeting was held of interested livestock commissioners, stockyard company executives, packers and cattlemen in Denver, Colo. The first show named the Western Livestock Show opened Monday, January 29, 1906 and ran for 6 days. The following year, 1907, its name changed to the Western National Stock Show. In 1981, the event increased to 12 days. The show continues to be held annually during the month of January in Denver, Colo. for 12 days.


6 box(es) (6 linear feet)

1 oversize file folder(s)

16 microfilm reel(s) (35mm)

6 oversize box(es)

40 oversize folio(s)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Charles Sylvester and Bill Saul, 1986-2001, 2013. Gift, H. Benjamin Duke III, 2012.

Description rules
Anglo American Cataloguing Rules
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States