Western History & Genealogy Blog

Rodolfo 'Corky' Gonzales

One of the most well known Civil Rights leaders of the 1960s and 1970s will be receiving a display at the Denver Public Library…

The Western History and Genealogy Department does a number of displays but one of particular interest is the Rodolfo 'Corky' Gonzales Display that is going up in June of 2009. Corky was a Chicano Civil rights leader during the 1960s and 1970s and was an author, poet, and former World ranked boxer. He also happened to reside in Denver. 

This display will cover portions of his controversial life and will feature photographs, historic items (boxing gloves, political buttons, etc), and special manuscripts (paper materials that are one-of-a-kind). It will be accompanied by a reception/party.

The opening of this collection will be great for all researchers and people wishing to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and one of the leaders of that time. We hope that it will open discussion and interest in not only Corky and his life, but in the scope of the Western History Departments collection and what it can offer. Along with the exhibit, Corky’s collection will receive an online finding aid that will describe, in an organized manner, what is contained in the collection and what it offers for researchers. Want to know more about Corky?