From the Archive: Vertical Files Online!

by Lesley Drayton, Curator, Local History Archive

Did you know that one of the treasure troves in the Fort Collins Local History Archive is the collection of over 3,800 vertical files available to folks like you who are curious about local history?  These many file folders have been assembled over a long period of time and are continually expanded by Archive staff and volunteers. They cover a wide range of topics and are some of the most requested items by researchers interested in local history.

Check out our “Miles O’ Files”

The Subject Files are handy packets of information containing newspaper clippings, student papers, government reports, and more. They are a great place to start researching local topics like the sugar beet industry or neighborhood schools.

The Biographical Files contain clippings and reports on individuals and families from Fort Collins history. Some files include family histories created by researchers and donated to the Archive.

The Ephemera Files are organized by subject and surnames and include fragile primary source materials like calling cards, original advertising, pamphlets, receipts, and building abstracts.

In the past, the contents of these files were only available for perusal by visiting the Local History Archive in person, but Archive volunteers have embarked on a scanning project to put the key contents of some of the most popular vertical files online. Please note that these online resources are for educational use only and may not be duplicated or re-published.

Check out our first foray into virtual vertical files with the “Auntie” Elizabeth Stone Collection.

More files are being scanned for research purposes, including information on the Fort Collins Trolley, Annie the Railroad Dog, and the Virginia Dale Stage Station. Stay tuned for more online resources to make your journey into Fort Collins history easier than ever!

And be sure to visit the Fort Collins History Connection to explore the research collections and exhibits already online.

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4 Responses to “From the Archive: Vertical Files Online!”


  1. 1 Rob Rockley February 8, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Yay! What great news!

  2. 2 Katie February 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I know! And there are so many categories of resources: people, places, produce…

  3. 3 Lesley February 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    We have two more virtual vertical files up now about the Fort Collins Trolley and the Mason Families:
    http://history.fcgov.com/u?/vf,6024
    http://history.fcgov.com/u?/vf,6023

  4. 4 Katie February 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Wow, you guys are on a roll!


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