Daniel Webster Working (1862-1944) served as a Colorado State Grange master and lecturer during the 1890s through 1907, writing articles and speeches on agriculture and Grange history while working as editor of the
and later as superintendent of the Arapahoe County schools. After serving as superintendent of agricultural extension at the University of West Virginia (1907-1911) and then working in the USDA Office of Farm Management (1911-1919), he created research notes used by Alvin T. Steinel in writing his
History of Agriculture in Colorado
(1926). Most of the library’s archival collection consists of correspondence and research notes gathered by Working for the book. In addition to typed or handwritten copies of older documents, the collection also includes news clippings and photostats of correspondence and deeds. This digital collection features photostatic reproductions of handwritten letters to John M. Francisco dated 1852 to 1865. Francisco was an early settler in the Cuchara Valley in what is now Huerfano County, Colorado.