January 20, 2022

The Entire Rocky Mountain News Photo Archive and More Heading to Denver Public Library

From the Denver Post:

Colorado’s first newspaper died four years ago, when its owner E.W. Scripps ceased publication, but the Rocky Mountain News will live forever in the Denver Public Library.

Library officials have been working on a deal with Scripps since the News printed its final edition Feb. 27, 2009, seeking total access to all of the photos and all of the text and multimedia projects that were produced by the nearly 150-year-old newspaper.

Last week, the contract was finally approved by Scripps and the Denver City Council, effectively making the library the News’ publisher.

That means 200,000 negatives from 1940 to the 1980s, 350,000 digital images from 1989 to 2009 and about 200 boxes of photographic prints as well as reporters’ notes, editors’ documents and even the News’ copyright now belong to the library.

The only thing the library didn’t get in the deal was the IP address and the logo.

Learn More Including How This Exciting Acquisition Became a Reality

See Also: Western History and Genealogy at Denver Public Library

Denver Public Library Agreement with the Rocky Mountain News (Scripps Media)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.