Carnegie Library of Trinidad, Colorado

Local History

The History Room at the Carnegie Public Library is an information rich resource for scholars, genealogists and history enthusiasts. In order to preserve and protect important historical documents for future generations, as well as provide the best possible service, we ask that you please make a research appointment by contacting the library ahead of time. You may make up to 3 appointments in one week. Please give at least 1 day advance notice for scheduling an appointment. Appointments are for 2 hours. If you do not wish, or are otherwise unable to make an in-person appointment, you may choose to submit a request for research to be completed for you for a small fee.

We ask that you please be respectful of the room and its contents: Please check in at the front desk and do not remove anything from the history room without permission. If you need help with any books or equipment, do not hesitate to ask a staff member. Small lockers are available for patron use; ask if you need to borrow a lock. Please contact the library for a complete copy of the History Room policy and regulations.

Do you have a research request and live out of the area?

Send a detailed e-mail to , call 719-846-6841 or complete the Local History Request Form online.

Certain historical resources are available online:

The Trinidad Chronicle News Digitization Project: view some of Trinidad's most important historical moments with this archive, starting with issues from 1911.

Resources for Further Research:

History Colorado

History Room Archiving Project

The Carnegie Library's History Room, supported in part by an award from the Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives Records Administration, has begun a long-term project to catalog all the items in the History Room archive, and to enter the information into a database. Click this link to see examples of some of the items we have entered into our new database.

City Directories:

Trinidad City Directory 1871

Trinidad City Directory 1892

Trinidad City Directory 1899

Trinidad City Directory 1900-1901

Trinidad City Directory 1907

Trinidad City Directory 1908

Trinidad City Directory 1910-1911

Trinidad City Directory 1915-1916

Trinidad City Directory 1921

Trinidad City Directory 1924-25

Trinidad City Directory 1929

Trinidad City Directory 1935