The Norman Sams Photographs contain numerous images of some of the most iconic structures in Colorado Springs taken at an important period of transition in the community. Many of these structures have since been razed as part of a city-wide urban renewal program. Included are the famed Cotton Club, the Burns Building/Chief Theatre, the Marksheffel Garage and many others. Norman Sams first came to Colorado Springs in 1955 as a musician in the Fort Carson Army Band. Following his discharge, he attended Colorado College and graduated in 1959. He began work with the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) in 1963. During his tenure at PPLD, he was actively involved in the development of both its oral history program and its photograph collections. In 1980 he left Colorado to become director of the Dallas, Oregon Public Library. Sams is now retired.