2/21/2017

Time Machine Tuesday: Old School Images

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:

Denver's Manual High School, from the 1891-92 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Hale Scientific Building at the University of Colorado, Boulder, from the 1891-92 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction 
Floorplan of Denver's Emerson School, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.  From the 1883-84 report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction



The Girls' Industrial School, near Morrison, from the 1907-08 Biennial Report of the State Board of Charities and Correction 

Administration Building, Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, from the school's 1905-06 Biennial Report.

The "yard crew" at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, from the school's 1899-1900 report.

Montrose County High School soon after completion, from the 1909-10 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ashland School in North Denver; from the 1899-1900 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

A rural school in Larimer County, from the 1899-1900 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

A rural school in Clear Creek County, also from the 1899-1900 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


A rural school in Phillips County, from the 1895-96 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


The Georgetown School, from the 1895-96 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


Students on the playground at Norrie School, Pitkin County, from the 1901-02 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.




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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