BHA.2015.1 - Fonds/Collection

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Catalog Number BHA.2015.1
Object Name Fonds/Collection
Title Agnes Miner Collection.
Collection Agnes Miner Collection
Dates of Creation 1890s-1910s (1898-1899, bulk dates)
Date 1880s-1910s
Scope & Content 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.
Admin/Biographical History The Charles A. Findings were a prominent and wealthy family in 1870s Breckenridge. In January 1873, Charles Augustus Finding married Martha Silverthorn, daughter of 1860s Breckenridge pioneers Judge Marshall and Agnes Silverthorn. The Findings had three daughters - Agnes Eleanor (1873-1955), Clara Ada (1875-1888) and Charline Antoinette (1877-?). Charles A. served as postmaster and town mayor, and by 1885, opened the prosperous Finding’s Hardware Store on Main Street, Breckenridge. Agnes Eleanor ("Aggie") married Duane Miner on April 26, 1913 and the couple lived in her childhood home on north Main Street. The last surviving member of her immediate family, Agnes remained in Breckenridge until her death at age 82.
Archival History In 1944 four friends in Colorado Springs, Colorado, all mineral collectors as well as local historians, formed a local history study group and named it the Colorado Springs Ghost Town Club. In 1946, the group took a trip to Breckenridge. There they were graciously hosted by Mrs. Agnes Finding Miner. She hosted the group in her home, conducted them around the town and then gave them this collection of photographs.
System of arrangement Original order maintained as received. May not be the same order as arranged by Agnes Miner.
Photograph prints contained in the photo album were removed for long term preservation storage; original order was maintained.
Credit line Agnes Miner Collection [ID#]; Gift of Colorado Springs Ghost Town Club; Dr. Sandra F. Mather Archives, Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

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