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F.C. Potter Collection on Views of Colorado

Identifier: M353


Bound collection of 39 photoprints on [collodion?] printing-out paper (mounted on cardboard). Includes interior and exterior views of the University of Denver and Haish Manual Training School buildings, scenic and industrial views around Colorado, with an unmounted glossy black and white portrait of the photographer inserted loose.


  • between 1889-1892
  • Majority of material found in 1890


Biographical / Historical

Potter was the Superintendent of the University of Denver's Haish Manual Training School in 1890.


1 Items (1 album (39 photographs)) : custom box, 12 x 10 x 3 inches

Scope and Contents

The University Hall cornerstone laying ceremony documented here occurred on April 3, 1890; the other photos are undated. Includes interior and exterior views of the school, scenic and industrial views around Colorado, with an unmounted glossy black and white portrait of the photographer inserted loose. Potter sometimes includes himself in the image, apparently by use of a timed shutter release (or an assistant). Contents from the caption that appears on the front of each mounting card; some also have captions on back that may vary slightly: University of Denver -- University of Denver and Manual Training School, 14th St. -- M.T.S. office, Denver (flash) -- M.T.S. office, Denver -- M.T.S. carpenter shop, Denver -- M.T.S. machine shop, Denver -- Machine shop, Denver M.T. School -- M.T.S. blacksmith shop , Denver -- Miss Olive Potter, Bookkeeper, University office, Denver -- University office, Denver -- Laying corner stone of Main Hall University Building at University Park, Denver, Colo. -- Laying corner stone of Main Hall, University Park -- Laying corner stone "Main Hall" U. [D.?] Park -- Girl's Military C. - University of Denver -- University Music Department, Denver -- University Instrumental Music Dep., Denver -- Vocal Music Dep't., University of Denver -- University Art School, Denver -- University Shorthand School, Denver -- Mt. Sherman and Mt. Sheridan and mines on Carbonate Hill -- Arkansas Valley, Leadville -- South Leadville and Mt. Elbert -- Harrison Avenue, Leadville -- Interior of Continental Chief Mine, Leadville -- Ore Sorting House, Continental Chief Mine, Leadville -- Continental Chief Mine buildings -- Continental Chief Mine buildings -- Res. of J.W. Rogers, W. Denver -- Boulder, Colo. -- Pearl St, Boulder Colo. -- Royal Gorge from rear of train -- Boulder Canon, Colo. -- Irrigating flume at Morrison, Colo. -- Interior of Bessemer Steel Works, Pueblo -- Whites Restaurant, Denver -- Arapaho St., Denver -- Cherry Creek, Denver.


The collection is bound in a single volume.


No further accruals are expected.


1 album (39 photographs) : toned, 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches, mounted on cards 7 3/4 by 9 1/2 inches. + 1 photograph : black and white ; 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches. Bound in black over brown leather, with contrasting textures. Gilt lettering on spine with four raised bands.


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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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