About the Collection

Warren and Genevieve (Genny) Garst, residents of Fort Collins, Colorado, donated nearly 20,000 slides of wildlife to Colorado State University Libraries in September 1999. Warren served as chief photographer for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom for 25 years. The wildlife pictured in the slides come from all seven continents and many countries.

The Libraries has digitized many of the slides and developed an interactive Web site geared towards wildlife researchers and the K-12 community, in collaboration with CSU's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center. The slides are culturally and historically significant to Colorado and the world, as is evidenced in the impact these images had as a catalyst for global environmental conscience and conservation efforts. Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, on the air from 1962-1988, was one of the few programs of its time to feature wildlife, and brought moving, living, and breathing wildlife images to our living rooms every Sunday night. This slide collection spans the 25 years that the Garsts were with Wild Kingdom. The historical significance is in the scarcity of the image. Extinction rates and endangered species levels have reduced the possibility of visually recapturing animals pictured in many of the slides.

A selected 1000 slides were digitized in accordance with the grant received by the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP), formerly known as the Colorado Digitization Project, from 1999-2001. An additional 340 slides were digitized in 2004. Digitized slides were accessioned, described, and cataloged in a CONTENTdm database using the Dublin Core elements. The items have been migrated to Mountain Scholar and copied to a Solr database which is accessible in Primo, a search tool of the Colorado State University Libraries.