Also among the Library’s prized holdings is a collection of books and materials on Abraham Lincoln, donated by Elbert F. Floyd, J.D. Mr. Floyd worked with the Southern Ute Tribe for many years and continues his efforts for the tribe by donating funds for a scholarship awarded annually to a tribal member. His Lincoln Collection includes over 300 books as well as a cast of Lincoln’s hands. As a complement to this resource, in 2012 the Library invited John Voehl, a Lincoln presenter and historian to give programs and answer questions from students of Ignacio schools.
An ongoing concern for the Library is preservation of local history. An oral history of the area was compiled a few years ago by Shelby Smith, a gifted interviewer who was able to elicit many interesting accounts of early settlers. These are preserved in a binder available for checkout or purchase. In addition, the Library is scanning copies of the Ignacio Chieftain, a newspaper that was published here until 1970.
As information technology progresses at a dazzling rate, helping patrons to access newly available material on digital media has become a prime focus of our staff’s work.