The Museum collections consist of the permanent collection, the education collection, and the reference collection. These collections and procedures relating to the collections, and the Museum’s full scope statement, are further described in the Collections Management Policy.
The strengths of the collections are:
- Artifacts, maps, and records relating to coal mining in the area
- Historic photos of downtown Louisville
- Items relating to Louisville families and houses
- Items relating to immigrants who came to the Louisville area
- Business items from the Louisville area
The Museum’s holdings include not only artifacts that are exhibited and interpreted for visitors, but also archival materials that researchers use. The Museum is also the repository for historical items from the administration of the town.
All items received by the Museum become property of the City of Louisville. As the steward of valuable collections, the Museum and the City of Louisville maintain and interpret the Museum collections and fulfill the Museum’s mission.
Items accepted for the collections generally need to have an association with the specific history of the Louisville area. Artifacts that do not have a direct association with the Louisville area, such as items that are representative of an activity practiced in the Louisville area, may still be accepted into the collections if they are potentially useful in fulfilling the mission of the Museum.
Collections Management Policy
The Museum appreciates offers of donations of artifacts, photographs, and documents relating to the history of the Louisville, Colorado area. Please contact the Museum Coordinator to learn whether the Museum can accept a particular donation.
Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC)
Over the course of several months in 2017, hard copy issues of The Louisville Times, from 1942 to 2007, were painstakingly digitized. The process began several years ago when the newspaper’s publisher offered back issues of The Louisville Times to the Museum.
It was clear from the outset that public access to the collection would have to involve digitization, as the collection was fragile and deteriorating. With funding approved by Louisville’s City Council in the 2017 budget, the Library worked with the CHNC to coordinate the complex project. CHNC now handles ongoing maintenance and availability.
Much of the Museum's collection of historic photos is available online. Photo reproductions are also available from the Museum.