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Gerard Curtis Delano Papers

Identifier: M188

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a letter from April 10, 1940 to Dr. Wier [i.e. Wyer], Denver Public Library regarding permission to photocopy parts of the Western History Dept. photographic collection to aid in his painting, specifically photographs of various Western Indian tribes; biographical information; photographs; ephemera.


  • 1940-1985


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is opne 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

Gerard Curtis Delano (1890-1972), born in Marion, Mass. His artistic talent was apparent at a young age and he attended the Swaine Free School of Design. In 1910, Delano became a pupil pf George Bridgeman at the Art Students League in New York City, N.Y. and later studied at the Grand Central School of Art with Dean Cornwell, Harvey Dunn and N.C. Wyeth. He became a successful commercial illustrator. In 1919, Delano visited Colo. and eventually homesteaded in Summit County. He continued to travel to back to New York City for assignments until 1929. Delano then worked on a series of illustrated articles for Western Story Magazine, spending many hours researching in Denver libraries. His success grew as a Western artist and in 1943, he was able to finance his first trip to the Arizona and the Navajo reservations. He painted prolifically, specializing in paintings of Western and Southwestern tribal and Pueblo Indians.


1 envelope

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift ;Greg Sada ;2015.

Finding Aid for the Gerard Curtis Delano Papers.
Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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Repository Details

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

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