Lufkin Library Research Center

At the Tread of Pioneers Museum

The Tread of Pioneers Museum's Lufkin Library Research Center is a broad archives collection within the museum that provides local and regional history through subject and biographical topics for the purpose of public use and research. Newspaper articles clipped from local newspapers comprise most of the collection. Other ephemera include magazine articles, personal memoirs, biographies, genealogy reports and selections, research studies and reports, programs, maps, out-of-print periodicals, local and regional books, oral history recordings, moving images, professionally produced films, and much more. 

Over 8,000 digital historic images can be found and purchased at: Steamboat Springs Photos


Research Center Services and Appointments

Staff at the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s Lufkin Library Research Center is available to orientate researchers to the center and provide assistance, consultation, and advice for other available references and resources. Visitors new to the center must begin with a staff appointment and a five-minute orientation. After the initial staff-set up, researchers may come back as needed without staff assistance.

The Research Center is accessible Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm.

Appointments should be made in advance with the museum Curator. Contact our Curator Katie Adams at 970-879-2214 or

Researchers unable to visit the center in person may request staff assistance. The staff assistance fee for out of town residents is $25 per hour, with a $25 minimum. A $15 per hour fee will be applied to local residents who are unable to visit the center in person.


Contact US

Please call the museum at 970-879-2214 to make an appointment to visit the research center. 

Do you have information?
Tells Us Your Story
The museum welcomes your contribution of information and artifacts about the Yampa Valley. Add to or create your local family's file and help keep the museum an important resource for future generations. Contact our Curator Katie Adams at 970-879-2214 or

Special thanks to Don Lufkin and the Lufkin family for funding the remodel of this resource facility and archive and assisting in its ongoing improvements.

Resources Directory

Lufkin Library Archives & Digital Material: START YOUR SEARCH

Start your search

Search: Subjects

File titles within the center are arranged in alphebetical order.  Subject file titles available in our research center
Contact staff to make an appointment to view these files in person, or to set up a unable to visit request. 970-879-2214 or

Search: Biography/Family Names

File titles within the center are arranged in alphabetical order by family or individual last name. people file titles available in our research center
Contact staff to make an appointment to view these files in person, or to set up a unable to visit request. 970-879-2214 or

Search: Book Titles, Moving images, Oral Histories: videos, films, and oral history interviews available in our research center

The majority of the Tread of Pioneers Museum's moving image collection and oral history collection has been digitized. Contact staff for copy access. 970-879-2214 or

Search: Individual Collections held at Tread of Pioneers Museum

Materials from the museum's permanent collection are also available for researchers and study, by appointment only. Institutional Finding Aids describe the nature and detail of each collection. Contact staff for questions or to make an appointment. 970-879-2214 or

Burgess, Perry Collection
Burnham, Charles William Collection
Crawford Family Collection
Gossard Family Collection
Gray Family Collection
Maloney Photograph Collection
McIntosh, Robert Collection
Rehder Family Collection
Routt County Clubs and Businesses Collection
Routt County People Collection
Steele, John Collection
Sternberg, Eugene Collection
Vandergrift Film Collection
Werner Family Collection
Whipple, D.W. Collection
Wither Family Collection

Search: Digital Collections & Materials

As digitization efforts continue and expand at Tread of Pioneers Museum, more items in digital formats may become available. Digitazation of specific items can also be requested. Contact staff for specific collection questions. 970-879-2214 or


Search: Historical Images & Reproduction Requests

The vast majority of Tread of Pioneers Museum's historical photograph collection has been digitized and is available for research as well as for reproduction purchase. After the completion of a photograph use contract and payment, museum staff will email, mail, or arrange for pick up of your order. Print fees support the continuation of digitization and research efforts. Contracts and images available at:

Bud Werner Memorial Library
Resources by and about the Founding Family: J.H. Crawford

Crawford Family History and Steamboat Springs Founding Information
Crawford Pioneers
Lulita Crawford Pritchett

The Crawford House was the primary residence of the James H. and Margaret  Crawford family. The home, located at 1184 Crawford Ave. in Steamboat Springs, CO, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. For more information on the house visit the website above. The private home is owned by Crawford family descendants. Periodic partnership tours have occasionally been offered through the generosity of the owners. Visitors are welcome to drive past the stone house and read the history sign posted by the owners from the street.


Town History Publications & Tour Maps
Additional Resources

The following libraries, archives, and agencies can provide additional resources for your regional and Colorado history research.

  • Bud Werner Memorial Library & Marmot Library Systems -- Routt County Digital Archive is a growing online collection of local history & information
  • Colorado Historic Newspapers Digital Collection -- Online collection of digital newspapers in Colorado
  • History Colorado Collection -- a rich array of archives, artifacts, and photographic material, all documenting the people, places, and events of Colorado
  • Denver Public Library -- Genealogy, African American & Western History Resources, Denver records and history, house and neighborhood history materials
  • Colorado State Archives -- Repository for state and county records, marriage index, school records, Colorado military records, prison records
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment: Vital Records--Birth, death, marriage records 1910 to present
  • National Archives at Denver -- Military service records, genealogical materials, records from federal courts and agencies in Colorado
  • Bureau of Land Management -- Public Lands Information Center--Land records and plats, maps, GLO records including patented mining claims, federal homestead records, surveys and other federal land records
  • Colorado Encyclopedia -- The Colorado Encyclopedia is an online source of information about important people, places, events, and things in Colorado. 
  • Wyoming State Archives -- Repository for the state of Wyoming's records, marriage index, school records, Colorado military records, prison records
  • Plains to Peaks Historic Newspapers -- An online collection of digitized newspapers combines the content of the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) and the Wyoming Newspapers collection for simple one-stop searching.
House History Research & Genealogical Research Resources

The Tread of Pioneers Museum staff is available to assist with your research. Please review our material available under the Lufkin Library Research Center tab, and email or call with questions. 970-879-2214.