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Colorado History Woodcuts Collection

Identifier: PICT-2017-006

Scope and Content

This collection includes five mono- and multi-color woodcuts from a larger set on Colorado history. Prints are from multi-panel or single scene wood blocks in both vertical and horizontal orientation. All measure 12x16 (or 16x12) inches. Four woodcuts are from the Growth of Civilization series and present Sioux buffalo dances and hunting, and activities of “Nomadic Indian Tribes” such as tipi construction, travel with dogs and travois, and war. The final print is from the Colorful Periods of Colorado History set and depicts a trapper and his Indian bride. Date ranges and block carvers or woodcutters are generally known.


  • 1933-1940

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.

Historical Information

During the 1930s, the State Historical Society of Colorado hired artists to illustrate the state’s history with funding provided by New Deal programs. Originally conceived as 100 different prints, money for the project ended before completion, and less than 40 wood blocks were carved with corresponding woodcuts printed. (The actual edition size is unknown.) The Colorado historical society hired individuals to carve the blocks and build a press to print the blocks. Sets of prints were then distributed to universities, schools and libraries, etc. with the purpose of educating people about Colorado history (Source: Alisa DiGiacomo, Curator, History Colorado Center.)


5 items (1 Folder) : 5 woodcuts ; 16 x 12 in.


A group of five WPA-era woodcuts from a larger set on Colorado History.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved in Large Drawers by Pictorial Number.

Alternate Format Available

The entire Colorado History Woodcuts Collection is available online via New Mexico Digital Collections.

Related Material

A more extensive set of prints is held at the History Colorado Center, with online access through History Colorado Online Collection
Finding Aid of the Colorado History Woodcuts Collection, 1933-1940
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Cindy Abel Morris
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131