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COVID19 Collection

Identifier: WH2453

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 260 images documenting the effect of the stay-at-home order (March 26 to April 27, 2020) signed by Colo. Governor Jared Polis. The stay-at-home order was generated in response to the possibllity of a pandemic caused by the spread of the COVID19 virus. Collection also contains face masks, Mother's Day cards and a 4th grade student project.

Neighborhoods Represented:

Berkeley -- Chaffee Park -- City Park -- City Park West -- Congress Park -- Five Points -- Jefferson Park -- Lincoln Park -- Mar Lee -- North Capital Hill -- South Park Hill -- Sun Valley -- Sunnyside -- Washington Park -- Whittier.


  • April 7-May 12, 2020, 2021

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

In an effort to document the impact of COVID-19 on Metro Denver Neighborhoods, the staff of the Western History and Genealogy Department (WHG) at the Denver Public Library embarked on a project to capture history in the making. Staff members photographed and collected materials that reflected how the stay-at-home and social distancing orders impacted neighborhoods, including small businesses, restaurants, parks, churches and public spaces.


2.08 Gigabytes (260 digital files: 124 tiff, 136 jpegs)

1 box

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Various donors, 2020; Laura Ruttum Senturia, 2021.


The goal of the project was to represent a broad range of neighborhoods and diverse perspectives.

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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