The Office of the Clerk and Recorder is the official depository for many types of city records that have both informational and historical value. Records ranging from contracts and City Council minutes and resolutions to articles of incorporation dating back a hundred years or more are among the records to be found in the Clerk's office.
The Clerk and Recorder initiated this inventory project in 2008 to inspect, catalogue and better preserve a huge collection of boxed paper records that were stored for many years unindexed and unsorted. Documents, some of them very fragile, are carefully examined, catalogued and inventoried, and then reorganized and refiled for better preservation and future retrieval.
Current progress as of early October 2012: Nearly 382,000 documents (for a total of more than 8.57 million individual pages) inventoried, plus 9,009 rolls of microfilm.
Among some of the treasures we've uncovered:
- Articles of Incorporation for entities including: Denver Dumb Friends League; Bonfils Foundation; Gates Corporation; Coca Cola Bottling; Denver Press Club; Elitches; Russell Stover's Candy; Prince Hall Masons; Western Stock Show Association; Jewish Consumptives Relief Society (National Jewish Hospital); Public Service Company of Colorado; and St. Luke's Hospital
- Ordinances and Resolutions dating back to the 1800s
- Warranty Deeds and Titles including 1850 land grants from the U.S. government
- Historic Oaths of Office
- Historic right of way and easement documents.