Frederick P. Johnson and Bert Bell founded the weekly Boulder Camera in 1890, and it became a daily in 1891. Ownership has changed several times. In recent years, the paper has been owned by Ridder (1969-1974), Knight-Ridder (1974-1997), Scripps (1997-2009) and MediaNews Group (2009-present).
The official name of this newspaper at various times has been the Boulder Camera, the Boulder Daily Camera, the Daily Camera, and most recently, simply the Camera. Although the paper's name is officially only one word as of 2009, its web site is still ,and all names listed are still in common usage as nicknames for the paper.