Hazel E. Johnson Research Center

Searching for information on the history of Greeley and Weld County? The Hazel E. Johnson Research Center, located in the Greeley History Museum’s lower level, is a top research destination for regional academics and genealogists alike. The Center features over 100,000 items in its archival collection. Its staff can assist you with specific research questions. Walk-in visitors are welcome, but prescheduled appointments are preferred.

Hazel E. Johnson Research Center

714 8th Street, Greeley CO 80631


Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 4:30pm
Closed on major holidays

*Some services incur cost.

Historic Preservation

Looking for information about Historic Preservation in Greeley? Visit the City  of Greeley’s Historic Preservation website.

Moratorium on Acquisitions

The City of Greeley Museums is embarking on a temporary moratorium for collections acquisitions starting Jan. 1, 2016. This is a large endeavor and necessary to provide proper care for items in our collection. The purpose of the City of Greeley Museums is to preserve and interpret the history of the Colorado high plains region with emphasis on the City of Greeley and Weld County. Over the years, the collections have grown to include items that fall outside of the City of Greeley Museums’ mission.

The purpose of the moratorium is to cull collections and refocus resources on items that meet the museum’s mission. Once complete, staff for the City of Greeley Museums will be able to better allocate facilities and resources for the security and preservation of all collection items falling within the museum’s mission.

Specific resources include transcripts and originals of various historic and ethnographic documents, maps from the late 1800s to present day, past editions of various regional newspapers (on microfilm and bound), photographs of people, places, and events in Weld County, and other special collections that preserve and document our region’s rich history.

When requesting information from the Hazel E. Johnson Center, we advise researchers to determine specific questions they’d like to investigate; this way our staff will be able to effectively search the archives and preform the most in-depth searches.

What to expect when you visit:

  • Pencils, paper and laptops are allowed in the research center.
  • Additional electronic devices may be used at the discretion of staff.
  • Photography and the use of personal scanners are not allowed.
  • Latex-free or cotton gloves (provided) must be worn to view materials.
  • Bags and coats are not allowed at the research tables and can be stored nearby.
  • Wi-Fi is available in the research center.

For more information, call 970-336-4187 or email us at Museums@greeleygov.com.

Weld on the Web

Weld on the Web is a collaboration between the Greeley History Museum and the High Plains Library District and provides public access to over 2,000 archived images. These images can be used for various projects and queries.

Guide to Select Research Collections

Al Moorman Collection (2008.13): Documents and photographs relating to the personal life and music career of Richard Allen “Al” Moorman.

Al Moorman Collection 2 (2013.29): Documents and photographs relating to the personal life and music career of Richard Allen “Al” Moorman.

AT&T Broadband Collection (2001.81): Created by GTV-8. Visually documents news, people and events in Weld County, with a focus on Greeley, Colorado, from 1989 to 2004.

Brownell Collection (2013.86): Correspondence, shipping manifests, legal documents pertaining to mining rights, estate, and land improvements, and photographs of the Brownell family.

Burton D. Sanborn Collection (2014.53): Consists of documents related to Sanborn and Houston, North Poudre Irrigation Company, John Sanborn, Burton D. Sanborn, and Carrie Bassett Sanborn. Subject matter related to water history in Northern Colorado.

Camp Family Collection 1 (2015.45): numerous letters, photographs, historic documents, family histories, genealogy, and research notes related to Dr. Archibald Lacy Camp and his descendants.

Camp Family Collection 2 (2016.05): Family photographs; genealogy research completed by the donor, including the Camps in Georgia and Greeley and the various descendants of Archibald Camp; various personal items that belonged to family members; oral history interviews; and books that relate to the Camp family.

Camp Family Collection 3 (2016.37): family photographs; letters written by Charles Camp; documents relating to the Greeley farm owned by the Gooden family; souvenir spoons collected by Eulah Bickling; paintings by Rosealpha Camp; silverware that belonged to the Camp family; and various other documents relating to the Camp family’s life in Greeley.

Camp Family Collection 4 (2016.32): Family photographs and documents from Archibald Lacy Camp III; the banjo and mandolin that he played with various supplies, including strings and picks; a trunk that traveled from the United States to Hawaii; a shaving mug used by Archibald Lacy Camp III; and suspenders given to Archibald from Marie.

Camp Family Collection 5 (2016.16): 6 digital images of Archibald Lacy Camp’s lecture cards, matriculation card, his oath of allegiance to the Union, and an advertisement for his store in Covington, Georgia.

Camp Family Collection 6 (2016.45): Pastel painting of cherries spilling out of a basket onto a table; it is the only known surviving work created by Francena (Bickling) Gooden, signed and dated July 30, 1912.

Edwin J. Carver Family Collection (1984.51): Documentation related to the Edwin J. Carver Family, including genealogy, correspondence, business cards, and newspaper clippings.

Five Rivers Collection (2006.64): Collection documents Monfort of Colorado, Inc., which was a feed lot and meat packing plant in north Greeley, Colorado. Collection describes the operations of Monfort of Colorado, Inc., 1940-2005.

Florenz Hinz – Union Colony Civic Center Collection (AI-4218): Documents created and gathered by Florence Hinz pertaining to the Greeley Civic Theater and development of the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley, Colorado.

Fortnightly Music Club Collection (2008.24): Collection of programs, photographs, slides, newspapers, manuscripts, financial records, and various documents for the Fortnightly Music club.

French – Woodbury Collection (2013.27): Collection consists of records gathered by coroner Edward P. House regarding the murder of Harry Woodbury and lynching of Wilbur D. French.

Gillespie Family Collection (2015.30): Diaries, letters, photographs, newspapers, post cards and other documents and personal items relating to the Gillespie Family.

Gillespie Family Collection 2 (2015.21): Diaries, newspaper clippings, booklets, and many different papers that consist of mailings, Christmas letters, postcards, Christmas poems, memorial services announcements, and invitations.

Gilliland-Ravithis Collection (1981.04): Diaries, scrapbooks, clippings, and books belonging to members of the Meeker and Ravithis families with a primary focus on Maud Meeker Gilliland.

Great Western Sugar Company Collection (2013.30): Contains slides, photographs, and film reels relating to the Great Western Sugar Company’s agricultural research and beet processing practices from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Greeley Abstract Company Collection (2014.79): Contains abstract of title booklets, insurance documents and endorsements, stocks, bills, receipts, correspondence, and notes issued or received by the Greeley Abstract Company.

Greeley Garden Club (2004.41): Newspaper articles, magazines, correspondence and thank you cards, registry of members, and lists of meetings and times for the Greeley Garden Club from 1979 to 1982.

Greeley Woman’s Club (2000.63): Records of the Greeley Woman’s Club, 1920-2001.

High Plains Library District Collection (2006.38): Photographs, negatives, correspondence and printed material produced by the High Plains Library District and Friends of the Lincoln Park Library.

Historic Preservation Collection (2013.98): Surveys of historical resources/buildings/sites conducted in Greeley, Weld County, Colorado.

Historic Preservation Collection 2 (2013.101): Correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings detailing renovations to the Gale House, Oak and Adams House, and Meeker Commons.

Historic Preservation Collection 3 (2012.111): 29 photographs of the Greeley Union Pacific Train Depot taken circa 1993, negatives of these photos, 5 slides of the depot and two slides of the McClenahan House, a nomination of the depot to the National Register of Historic Places, and a certificate of nomination.

Historic Preservation Collection 4 (2010.120): 52 black and white images of Warnoco Park; 13 archival pages containing historical background; one photo log; architectural drawings; and one archival CD containing 2 sets of the 52 black and white images.

Janet Worrall POW Camp (2006.31): Greeley, Colorado Prisoner of War Camp 202 research material created by Janet Worrall.

J. E. Snook Collection (2013.31):Photographs and documents related to the James Eugene Snook family.

Kate Slaughterback Collection (1987.32): Correspondence between Kate Slaughterback, Charles D. Randolph, and Kate’s friends and family members, newspapers and clippings about Kate’s encounter with a rattlesnake den in 1925, and photographs of the McHale family.

Lew Dakan Collection 2 (2013.21): This collection is a combination of wedding and family photos, plus photographs of businesses, farms, structures and area of Weld County, all taken by Mr. Lew Dakan between the years 1960-1989.

Lord Ogilvy Collection (1994.09): Clothing and accessories, personal records, publications, postcards, photographs, and legal documents belonging to Lord Ogilvy; most of the content is related to his ranching and real estate activities.

Mary Barnett Collection (2012.95): Related to Mary Barnett and Andy Barnett’s involvement in associations in Weld County, including Crow Valley Livestock Cooperative Association, Pleasant Valley 4-H Club (Lucky Seven 4-H Club), Home Demonstration Council, and the Prairie View Telephone Company.

Masonic Lodge Collection (2015.35): Meeting minutes, financial records, photographs, correspondence, member registers, visitor logs, and legal documents that chronicle the history of Freemasonry in and around Greeley, Colorado from the 1870s to about 2000.

Meeker Manuscript Collection (AI-4154): Consists primarily of correspondence, essays and clippings related to the Union Colony of Colorado, the Nathan Meeker family and the Meeker Massacre.

Northern Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce Collection (2013.79):Consists of documents relating to the activities of the NCLCC, including documentation on the effort to create the proposed Mercado project and other community activism projects undertaken by the NCLCC during the 1990s and early 2000s.

Order of the Easter Star Collection (2006.50): Garden City Chapter program booklets, invitations, correspondence, and newspaper articles.  Also included are various Weld County Republican Central Committee doucuments.

Rhiner WWI Collection (2008.25): letters and envelopes that were written by August Rhiner or to August Rhiner by his sister Ethelyne or his parents during his service in World War One. There is also one photograph in the collection that was included in one of the letters.

Russell Hill Collection (1983.09): Photographs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence related to Russell Hill’s involvement in the Livestock Judging Contests, 1919-1921.

Sertoma Club Collection (2012:118): Photographs of club activities, with correspondence and information regarding club functions.

School Bus Accident 1961 Collection (2007.68): Consists of documentation related to an accident on December 14, 1961 between Union Pacific ‘City of Denver’ No. 111 train and a school bus carrying students to Delta School, Arlington Elementary School, Meeker Junior High School, and Greeley High School in Weld County.

School Bus Accident 1961 Collection 2 (2008.18): Photographs, slides, audiotapes, and presentation notes related to the accident involving a Greeley/Evans school bus and a Union Pacific train in 1961.

Skeets Calvin Collection (2000.04): Photographs, negatives, slides and documents related to the photography career and personal photography pursuits of Skeets Calvin.

Southard and Gillespie Collection (2012.112): Consists primarily of correspondence, clippings, diaries, photographs, and programs belonging to various members of the Southard and Gillespie families.

Southard and Gillespie Collection 2 (2013.53): Newspapers, clippings, photographs, and other documentation pertaining to the Southard and Gillespie families, with emphasis on the careers of Samuel H. Southard and Judge Charles E. Southard in the Weld County Government.

Union Colony Letters Collection (2014.14): Consists of correspondence in response to Nathan Meeker’s “call” to join the Union Colony.

Union Colony Letters Collection 2 (2014.15): Collection consists of digital letters and images, correspondence and envelopes, wedding invitations, calling cards, a ticker tape, and admittance.

Valadez Collection (1992.44):  Business records related to the functioning of the Valadez Shoe Shop, along with personal documents of the Valadez family (primarily belonging to Norberto Valadez) found with these records.

Want to Know Club (1994.34): Consists primarily of speeches presented by Elizabeth Welling to the Want to Know Club in Greeley, Colorado from 1951 – 1976.

Water and Sewer Collection (2013.81): Collection consists of photographs and documents relating to the the City of Greeley Water and Sewer Department.

William R. Kelly Collection (AI-4200): Historical materials related to the development of significant water irrigation projects in Northern Colorado.  Collection includes information related to the Cache La Poudre Irrigation Company, Big Thompson Irrigation Project, water law, and numerous writings and speeches produced by William Kelly.

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