If you’re looking for early photos of Colorado’s schools, you may not think to look in government documents. But in fact the State of Colorado in the late 1800s/early 1900s often included images in its biennial reports of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the School for the Deaf and the Blind, and other child-serving agencies. And since many of the reports are dated before 1923, it is easy to find images that are in the public domain. Here is a sampling of some of the great education-related images that can be found in old Colorado documents:
State documents are good places to find other photos and architectural drawings, as well; for instance, many reports contain photos or drawings of the State Capitol, such as the image below from the 1892-94 report of the State Board of Health. Search other reports for institutions, penitentiaries, and other state buildings.
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