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William H. Kistler Papers

Identifier: WH188

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence (business and family), legal documents, company publications, printing samples, clippings, family history, awards, scrapbooks, photographs and photograph albums. Photograph Album A has 37 photographs of the W.H. Kistler main store window displays, 1636-46 Champa Street, Denver, Colo. (1930s); Album B contains 23 photographs of store personnel and interior merchandise displays at Kistler's Denver Club Store, Denver Club Building, 510 17th St., Denver 17, Colo. (1960s); additional loose photographs and negatives show the move from the old store to the new facility at E. 17th St. and Dahlia (1964).


  • 1883-1979

Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

William Henry Kistler, II, is a Denver, Colo. businessman. He was president of the W. H. Kistler Stationary Company, founded in 1883 by his grandfather, William Henry Kistler. The original company began as a small bindery and was located at 15th St., between Lawrence and Larimer Sts. The company later developed into a highly successful stationary business that was, for a time, the largest such enterprise in the Western United States. From 1916-1964, the business was located at 1636 Champa St., then moved to a new facility at East 17th St. and Dahlia. The company closed in 1966, but the original Kistler Stationary Building on Champa St. still exists and has been designated an historic landmark.


2 boxes (2.5 linear feet)

1 oversize box

2 photo boxes

Other Finding Aids

Finding aid in repository.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; William H. Kistler, II, Denver, Colo.; 1980.


Collection incorporates former c photo albums 296A and 296B (PAFI Album # 296).


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Repository Details

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

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Denver CO 80204 United States