National Archives at Denver

For Educators and Students

The National Archives at Denver is a wonderful resource for teachers and students.

For Teachers

We hold a large amount of primary records that can be easily tied into school curriculum. The records cover a wide scope of topics including, but not limited to:

  • homesteading, mining, and railroads
  • Indian affairs
  • dam construction and other reclamation projects
  • national parks and forests
  • Civilian Conservation Corps projects
  • proceedings of territorial courts

We also hold over 60,000 rolls of microfilmed records. The bulk of the collection is the Federal population census schedules from 1790-1930 for all States. These holdings are complimented by:

  • Indian census rolls (1885-1940)
  • Revolutionary War service and pension files
  • U.S. Customs Department ship's passenger arrival lists (1820-1953)
  • returns from U.S. military posts on the frontier
  • Federal naturalization records

We also hold microfilm copies of more specialized series, such as those of Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (1861-79), which document relief and educational activities for freed slaves and refugees in the former Confederate States.

Training for Teachers

We are an active supporter of education initiatives throughout the Rocky Mountain West, with special emphasis on assisting teachers in the use of primary source documents in the classroom. Resources permitting, we:

  • teach workshops for educators at our facility or in schools or other settings
  • provide copies or images of primary sources suitable for use in the classroom
  • co-sponsor workshops with recipients of Teaching American History grants
  • List of workshops

For Students K-12

Students can find a wealth of primary source material useful for many kinds of student research in the Federal documents located in our Regional Archives. Use these materials:

  • as the foundation for extensive research projects
  • as a resource for answering or illustrating specific questions
  • for supplementing other sources

Staff archivists are available to assist you in your research and to explain related resources in other historical institutions.

For College and Graduate Students

Our staff is interested in helping you use our resources in your research project. Please feel free to contact us directly to receive assistance in narrowing your topic and finding primary resources that would be useful to your topic.

National History Day

The National Archives at Denver is an active supporter of the
National History Day program for the States in our region.

In addition to judging in both city and State History Day competitions, we are readily available to help students use our primary resources to support and contribute to their selected topic.