Numbering about 80 mounted and unmounted albumen prints, most are by Breckenridge photographer Otto Westerman. Included among the collection are photographs related to the Finding family, such as portraits of both Agnes (Finding) Miner and her mother, Martha (Silverthorn) Finding, the Finding family posed in front of their Breckenridge home, and Charles A. Finding's hardware store on Main Street, Breckenridge. Of interest are the albumen prints dating from the late 1890s that were showcased in a small 12 panel album. Removed for preservation purposes, these prints are of local residents and snow covered landscapes taken during the “Big Snow” of 1898-1899. Several photographs are of men, women, and children either posed near or peering through the openings of snow tunnels that were used to access Main Street, Breckenridge businesses.
The BHA Oral History Project's aim is to understand and share more of Breckenridge’s contemporary history and culture, specifically from the late 1950s until the 1990s. The recorded interviews help BHA preserve its “contemporary” history and memorialize the highlights, challenges and developments that shaped Breckenridge and its community.
Personal papers created by various individuals for their descendants or friends describing first person accounts and/or their family's experiences related to Breckenridge, Colorado from the 1850s up to 1899. Topics include: wagon trains; gold rushes; Native Americans; the "Big Snow" event of 1898-1899.
Card mount photographs, portraits, and other photographic materials donated by various sources to Breckenridge History. Subjects include people, landscapes, businesses and industries relevant to Breckenridge and the greater Breckenridge area.
J. Frank Willis gave this souvenir album as a gift to his sister, Pauline (Willis) Merritt. The album contains photographs by Breckenridge photographer Otto Westerman. Various subjects include town views, mine site landscapes, railroad tracks through gulches and Willis' property on Gibson Hill. Some are of the Ten Mile Canyon outside of Frisco, Colorado and one photograph is of Tom's Baby (the largest piece of wire gold found in Colorado).
Postcards and photographic material created by photographer John Albert Topolnicki Sr. featuring the Colorado natural landscape, mountains, abandoned mine sites, ski areas and similar subjects. His photographs are considered the best historical record of Breckenridge Ski Resort and Summit County, Colorado landscapes in the early 1960s-1970s.
Miscellaneous photographs relevant to the Kaiser Family of Breckenridge, Colorado. Most are of June Francis Kaiser, daughter of Carl and Esther Kaiser, granddaughter of Johann (Chris) and Ida Kaiser. Four photographs show gold dredges in French Gulch, east of Breckenridge.
Digital objects created by Breckenridge History of original photographs and sheet film negatives from Summit Historical Society's holdings in Dillon, Colorado. Represents various people and industries relevant to Breckenridge and the greater Breckenridge area, circa 1870s-1900s. Includes images of mining operations, gold dredges, the railway and railroad facilities, and buildings along Main Street, Breckenridge.