Lafayette History & Photos

Local History Resources

The Archives at Lafayette Public Library is a rich source of local history.

Online Subscription Tools 

Use Ancestry, MyHeritage and other Library tools to research family history online. Get started on our Genealogy Resources page.

Questions?  

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Hours & Events

  1. Archives Drop-In Hours

    Drop in to use and explore the Library's Archives with help from a Librarian! 
    Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm
    *No drop-in hours on Sept. 28

  2. Lafayette Historical Society Presents - The Lafayette Archives 

    Saturday, Sept. 10, 10:30am-noon - Library Meeting Room 
    Learn more 

  3. Senior Learning Club: Genealogy

    Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1-3pm - Library Computer Lab 
    Learn how to use Ancestry and MyHeritage to research your family history online
    Registration required. Learn more and register

  4. Senior Learning Club: Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC)

    Tuesday, Oct. 11, 1-3pm - Library
    Join local history librarian Sherlene Searight  to learn about the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection.
    Registration required. Learn more and register

  1. Historic Newspapers
  2. Historic Photos
  3. Oral Histories

Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection

Historic Newspapers at the Library

  • Microfilm, 1901 – 2013
  • Bound newspapers, 1957 – 1963, 1966 -1970, 1976 – 2008

Historic Newspapers Online

Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC)

A service of the Colorado State Library, the CHNC currently includes more than 1,200,000 digitized pages, representing more than 250 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado (primarily from 1859 to 1923).

Love history or enjoy editing? Members of the public are invited to help improve the searchability of this collection by correcting errors in the text of the digitized newspapers. Learn more

Plains to Peak Historic Newspapers

Wyoming Digital Newspapers Collection

More Local History Resources

  1. Lafayette Miners Museum
    Lafayette Miners Museum
    Step into the past - visit this fascinating museum at
    108 Simpson St. in Lafayette, Colorado.
  1. Boulder County Latino History
    Screenshot of Boulder County Latino History Project website
    The Boulder County Latino History Project
    explores the history and involvement of Latinos
    in Boulder County, Colorado.
  1. Carnegie Library

    Exterior of the Carnegie Library BoulderThe Carnegie Library collects written, visual, and audible materials relating to the history of Boulder County with a special emphasis on the City of Boulder.

  1. Louisville Historical Museum 

    Losuiville Historical MuseumThe Louisville Historical Museum is dedicated to protecting artifacts and documents of historical value pertaining to the history of Louisville, with a special emphasis on the coal mining period, 1877-1955.