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Historic Collections

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Empson Cannery employee badgeThe Longmont Museum's collection includes more than 17,000 objects, 10,000 photographs, and thousands of documents relating to Longmont and the St. Vrain Valley. They document everyday life - farmers working in their fields, ordinary workers in local factories, traveling businessmen, and much more.

In 2017, the Museum completed construction on a new, permanent Collections Center for our 3-D historic artifacts. Relocation, rehousing, and recording of the full collection will take place over the next three years. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The photograph and document collections are accessible to researchers - contact Curator of History Erik Mason for an appointment. At this time the majority of the Museum's three-dimensional collections are being moved into our new permanent storage Collections Center and are not accessible to research.

Traveling auditor's suitcase

The Museum collects to both preserve for future generations, and to exhibit. While the Museum is committed to regular displays from our collections, like most museums we cannot display more than a small fraction of our collection at any one time.

Please contact Erik Mason with questions about donations to the Museum's collections.

Press from Longmont railroad depot

If you have additional questions about the Museum's collection, please call the Museum at (303) 651-8374.

Other Resources

Museum Online Photo Archive (leaves the city website)

History of Longmont

Times-Call Newspaper collection

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