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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The rich visual heritage of the Pikes Peak Region is documented in over 70,000 historical photographs, the bulk of which date from the late nineteenth century to the early 1930s and represent a wide variety of early photographic processes. This extensive collection is a result of generous donations from individuals, families, and community organizations.  

  • Notable collections include: Harry L. Standley, Negro Historical Association of Colorado Springs, Frederic Stehr, Charles Emery, Lloyd Knutson and Bill Bowers, Florence Sprague, B.H. Gurnsey and Laura Gilpin.
  • Digitization: In 1999 the staff of the Starsmore Center for Local History began a major project of digitizing its substantial collection of photographs and documents. As distinct collections are scanned and processed, highlights will be made available here. A complete set of images and documentation will be available through the Museum's online database.
Willard Wulff Glass Plate Negatives
Negro Historical Association of Colorado Springs
The Francis W. Cragin Western History Collection


Research Rate: The Museum provides 1/2 hour of time free-of-charge to conduct research for you or to pull materials for your use. Although most initial searches can be completed within this free period of time, a rate of $25.00 per hour will be charged thereafter.

Photocopy Charges: Plain bond paper: (8 x 11 or 8 x 14) .25 per copy & (11x17) $1.00 per copy
NOTE: A minimum charge of $2.50 will be charged for photocopy requests by mail (postage and handling extra; please see rates below). In the interest of protecting the copyright of the creator, no book or manuscript may be photocopied in its entirety. The SCLH reserves the right to refuse to copy fragile or oversize materials.

Photographs: Sizes Black/White Sepia
5 x 7 15.00 20.00
8 x 10 20.00 25.00
11 x 14 30.00 35.00
16 x 20 40.00 75.00
20 x 24 50.00 90.00

NOTE: Requests for prints made by phone or correspondence must await an invoice prior to sending payment. Acceptable methods of payment are check or money order payable to CSPM. Photo orders will be processed once payment is received.

Scanned Images: $15.00 (up to 300 dpi/TIFF); $30.00 (600+ dpi/TIFF) per image plus $5.00 per compact disk (purchase of a disk is required - use of outside disks is prohibited)

Licensing Rates: License for use is limited to the applicant and is non-transferable. Rates are per image, one-time use only. Any subsequent use must be applied for in writing.

Books, Journals, and Academic Publications: $10.00

Commercial Use Rates

Office Display $25.00 Internet/Web pges $75.00
Reatil, Restaurant, Hotels, etc. $50.00 Television and Film $100
Video, Compact Discs $50.00 Marketing/Advertising $150.00

[rates are waived for local news media]

Postage: $3.00 Colorado, United States and Canada
$6.00 Overseas; large photocopy orders
Postage on photograph orders is assessed on an individual basis

Rush Fees: 100% of total bill, with a $15.00 minimum

Please note that the CSPM is a not for profit organization. All fees collected are used for the preservation of the photograph and manuscript collections. 01/2009.


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