From time to time, questions and requests from scholars and the public come into the Luther Bean Museum (LBM) regarding the collections. During my internship I was able to field two such requests for information regarding our photographic collections. To fill these requests I made digital scans of the photographs, adding the scans to the digital files for the museum archives.
The first request came from the authors of a biography on Lafayette Head, requesting photographs from our collection for the book. We were able to provide photographs, a number of which appear in the book, and the authors donated a copy of the published book to the museum: The Life & Times of Lafayette Head: Early Pioneer of Southwest Colorado.”
The second request was for historic photographs of settlement in the San Luis Valley, Colorado for the television program called “Discovery Road.” I enjoyed looking through our collections of photographs, searching for those that would show a wide view of that early life via people engaged in activities. Among many others, I located photographs depicting ranching, a chuck wagon, and cattle branding c. 1900; the third annual Ski-Hi Stampede rodeo of 1921, horse and buggy racing c. 1900, and a 1921 stock show; potato farming, hay stacking, a 20 mule team c. 1900, and the c. 1926 San Luis Valley Pure Seed Show; artesian wells of 1889 and c. 1920 complete with people in the dress of those times; logging c. 1900, and spinach washing and harvesting ice in the Rio Grande from 1928. It was wonderful and edifying to see such a variety of photographs of early life in the San Luis Valley, Colorado.