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About Heritage West

About Heritage West

Heritage West is a database that brings together thousands of digital objects from the collections of museums, libraries, historical societies and archives from throughout the Western United States. Included in this database are photos, documents, artifacts, costumes, diaries, oral histories and manuscripts representing the West's cultural, scientific and historic heritage.

Welcome to Heritage West

Heritage West is a database that offers digital access to the special collections and unique resources of archives, historical societies, libraries and museums in the Western United States. You can access photos, textual materials, artifacts, costumes, diaries, oral history transcripts, manuscripts, and a host of other materials on cultural, scientific and historical heritage.

The Heritage West database is a unique collaboration of archives, historical societies, libraries and museums. Through generous support from LSTA, IMLS, and NEH grants, Heritage West combines digital collections from Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

Launched in 1998 as "Heritage Colorado: Digital Treasures of the West," the Heritage West database combines all of the digital content created from primary source material for each grant-funded project into a single search interface for users.

What is Heritage West?

Heritage West is a search interface that allows you to simultaneously search digital collections from cultural heritage institutions in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

Browse Collections

List of Participating Institutions

Who created Heritage West?

Heritage West was created through the collaborative efforts of the Colorado Digitization Program, the Colorado State Library, the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, and museums, libraries, historical societies and archives in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

What does it cost to use Heritage West?

The use of Heritage West is free for educational use, research, and personal enjoyment. Please note that the images found through Heritage West may have restrictions on reproduction or re-use. See "Who owns these images?" and Rights and Usage for more information.

Who owns these images?

The images available through Heritage West are housed in different cultural heritage institutions across the Western United States. Ownership and rights to these images are determined by each local institution. Contact the individual institution for information about purchasing a reproduction or using the item for commercial purposes.

How do I search Heritage West?

To search all available collections choose how you would like to search (ex: author search), type your search terms into the search box, and click the "search" button. You can also use the Browse Collections link or browse a limited portion of the collections by clicking Browse Categories.

Search by Author, Title, or Keyword

Heritage West lets you search databases in familiar ways. Do you want to search for individual titles, an author, or by keyword? For example, to select an author search, click on the word "Advanced" on the left side of the screen. Now enter the appropriate information in the matching box and click the Search button.

Sometimes the image doesn't display when I click the link. Why not?

Heritage West connects to many different databases, but these databases are maintained by individual organizations. If the image does not display, make note of the title of the image and its link (URL), and which institution owns the image. Please contact the owning institution with your questions and concerns.