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The Denver Chicano Movement

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Denver Chicano Movement
Rodolfo Corky Gonzales

Genealogy, African American and Western History Resources

The Western History & Genealogy department focuses on Colorado and the West. These materials do not check out and are available to view on Floor 5 of the Central Library when the library is open. During the current closure, Western History and Genealogy Staff are still available to assist by phone and email and can provide scans of collection items for your project. Email history@denverlibrary.org and include "National History Day" in your subject line, or call 720-865-1821 Tues-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or Sat, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Blair Caldwell African American Research Library archives and reference collections focus on African American history and culture in Colorado and the West. Materials from the archives do not check out and are available to view on Floor 2 of the library when the library is open. During the current closure, Blair-Caldwell Library staff are still available to assist by phone and email and can provide scans of collection items for your project. Email askblaircaldwell@denverlibrary.org and include "National History Day" in your subject line, or call 720-865-2401, Tues-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or Sat, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Internet Sources

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The Colorado Chicano Movement Portal is a gateway to historical collections and primary sources documenting the Chicano civil rights movement in Colorado. It provides access to archival materials about Chicano history in libraries, archives, and museums across the state. Explore photographs, manuscripts, films, oral histories, and artifacts from the Chicano story in Colorado.

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