Black History Month

The Holliday Family

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Clabe (possibly Clay) Holliday and his wife, Mary, moved to Cañon City around 1902. The city directory of that year lists Clabe as a porter at the Strathmore, with a residence at 423 N. 5th Street. The couple may have been separated by 1905 as they are listed at different addresses. Clabe was living at […]

Black History Month

The Townsend Family

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In the early 1890s, Henry Townsend and his family moved to Cañon City from Leadville. According to city directories from Leadville, Henry worked as a barber during his residence in Leadville. The 1900 U.S. Federal Census lists Henry as a barber, but he appears in the 1902 Cañon City’s city directory as a rancher, living […]

Family Archivist

Help! I’m the Family Archivist!

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Part IX: Donating Items From Your Family Archive By Rachel Smith While you were organizing your family archive, you may have come across some items which you and your family are no longer interested in keeping. You might be thinking of donating them to a museum, historic society, or archive. In most cases, you cannot […]

Family Archivist

Help! I’m the Family Archivist!

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Part VIII: Issues of Conservation By Rachel Smith At this point, you have organized and stored your family archive in containers in a safe environment and you may have also digitized your collection. While you worked on these projects, you most likely found heirlooms, documents, and photographs that are in poor condition. They have tears […]

Family Archivist

Help! I’m the Family Archivist!

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Part VII: Backing Up and Archiving Digital Files By Rachel Smith You have spent weeks or months digitizing your family’s photograph or document collections. You have meticulously labeled each file and placed them in a perfect organization system on your computer — only for disaster to strike. Your computer crashes and erases all of your […]