Ethnic Histories of Colorado

Colorado’s history and places were shaped by people of many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. A book from University Press of Colorado entitled Enduring Legacies: Ethnic Histories and Cultures of Colorado (available for checkout from our library) explores the stories of various ethnic groups in the state of Colorado. The book includes chapters from various authors, each telling a story of a particular ethnic or cultural group. Topics include:

  • Spanish explorers
  • The San Luis Valley
  • Mexican music and poetry
  • Nineteenth-century Chinese prostitution
  • The black farming colony of Dearfield
  • Denver ethnic gangs in the mid-20th century
  • Marcus Garvey’s influence on Colorado blacks
  • Equal rights struggles at the University of Colorado
  • The Japanese in Colorado during WWII
  • Latina education in mid-20th century southern Colorado
  • Native American tribal identity
  • Curanderismo and health
  • Native American mascots
  • The Chicano Movement
  • African Americans’ role in shaping the West

Our library also offers numerous other ethnic and cultural histories of Colorado. Some highlights include:

  • The Architecture and Art of Early Hispanic Colorado
  • A Chinaman’s Chance: The Chinese on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier
  • Colorado Hispanic Studies Resource Guide
  • Colorado’s Japanese Americans
  • La Gente: Hispano History and Life in Colorado
  • The Last War Trail: Utes and the Settlement of Colorado
  • The Park Hill Experience
  • Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions
  • Sights of Insight: A Guide to Colorado Sacred Places
  • Tell Me, Grandmother: Traditions, Stories, and Cultures of Arapaho People