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Index of Oral Histories

Collaborative Digitization Project

Online digitized files available through the Collaborative Digitization Project, Denver, Colorado.

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Altrichter, John
History: Originally from Austria. Maitre d' at Broadmoor Hotel from 1919-1962.
Summary: Discusses experiences as waiter and Maitre d' at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Call #: DPL-OH36

 


Boddington, William W.
Series title: 10th Mountain Division
History: Born 1910, Jersey City, New Jersey. Member of the United States Ice Hockey Team (1932, 1936). Captain with the 86th Infantry, Company A, 10th Mountain Division during World War II. Saw action in Italy. Awarded two Bronze stars.
Summary: Boddington talks about his childhood, his family, skiing, and participation in the Olympics. He also discusses in detail World War II breaking out, basic training, joining the mountain ski troops, going to Italy and participating in some of the key fighting of the 10th Mountain Division. After detailing his experiences during the war he talks about coming home and about the beginning of the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division. An epilogue by the interviewer tells of the death of Mr. Boddington which happened shortly after the interviews took place.
Call #: DPL-OH203

 


Brown, George L.
History: First African American senator in Colorado. Elected 1956. Served for 18 years. Elected Colorado lieutenant governor in 1974, served 4 years. Star high school athlete, journalist, radio talk show host. Tuskegee Airman during World War II.
Summary: Describes youth, education, career paths. Includes political observations about racial relations, youth, the aged, education and South Africa.
Call #: DPL-OH47

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Campbell, Clarence E.
Series title: 10th Mountain Division
History: Born June 3, 1922 in Leavenworth, Washington. Joined the 10th Mountain Division in 1941. Saw action in Kiska as a member of the 87th Infantry. Helped deactivate the 10th Mountain Division in Europe. Held several advisory jobs at the Pentagon. Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 33 years of service. Known as "Buster."
Summary: Campbell discusses his childhood, joining the 10th Mountain Division and about his service with the Division at home and abroad. Talks at length about Camp Hale, about training troops for winter survival at Camp McCoy (Wisconsin) and about the first National Military Ski Championships at Tennessee Pass. Campbell also discusses his military career.
Call #: DPL-OH205

 


Clayton, John B.
Series title: 10th Mountain Division
History: Grew up in Cape Girardeu, Missouri. Attended the School of Fine Arts at Washington University. Served in the 85th Infantry, Company G of the 10th Mountain Division. Wounded in action on April 14, 1945. Died in 2004.
Summary: Clayton talks about his being drafted, training, and Officer Candidate School. He talks about his decision to join the 10th Mountain Division. He also discusses his childhood and working his way through art school at Washington University.
Call #: DPL-OH207

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Fields, Marion H.
Series title: 10th Mountain Division
History: Interview centers around the Fields family review of Reverend Fields' journals and correspondence which highlight the Reverend's deployment to Italy and his chaplain duties during World War II. The tape is a day-by-day recount of the Reverend's activities and impressions.
Summary: Chaplain with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. Served with the 85th Infantry Regiment at Camp Carson, Camp Swift and Italy.
Call #: DPL-OH211

 


Fiore, Genevieve Natalina D'Amato
History: Member of the Potenza Lodge (Societa Nativi di Potenza) in Denver, Colorado. Organization of Italian-Americans whose ancestors came from the city of Potenza, Italy.
Summary: Talks about family, traditions, customs, the Lodge and social activities.
Call #: DPL-OH186-1

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Gagliardi, Albert J.
Series title: 10th Mountain Division
History: Served with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II, 87th Infantry Regiment at Camp Hale, Fort Ord, Kiska and Camp Swift.
Summary: In depth account of Gagliardi's involvement with the 87th Infantry and his experiences serving on Kiska, Alaska in the Spring of 1943. The majority of the tape examines the passage to Kiska and combat there. Interview concludes with recounting of the passage home which includes a vivid account of a storm just before landing in Seattle.
Call #: DPL-OH213

 


Ginsberg, Charles
Series title: Ku Klux Klan
History: Colorado lawyer. Opponent of the Ku Klux Klan. Involved in Colorado and Denver, Colorado political events during years of Ku Klux Klan control.
Summary: Discusses prominent Colorado political figures and their activities.
Call #: DPL-OH1-1

 


Godbold, Donald H.
History: African American educator. Vice president of Auraria Community College, Denver, Colorado. President of Merritt College, Oakland, California.
Summary: Discusses the highlights of his life and career.
Call #: DPL-OH68

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Harris, Samuel B.
History: Began working for the Denver Fire Department in 1904, retired in 1934.
Summary: Talks about his long career with the Denver Fire Department, firefighting vehicles and equipment, big fires in Denver, Colorado.
Call #: DPL-OH176

 


Humphreys, Ray
Series title: Ku Klux Klan
History: Newspaper reporter. Chief investigator for the Denver district attorney's office.
Summary: Humphreys recalls his experience as a Denver Post reporter covering the activities of William J. Candish, a Ku Klux Klan appointed police chef; also discusses John Galen Locke, Grand Dragon of Ku Klux Klan of Colorado.
Call #: DPL-OH1-2

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Jones, William C., and Lindsay, Thomas Shrock
History: Lindsay is the great-nephew of Louis Charles McClure (1867-1957), landscape, cityscape and commercial photographer in Colorado. McClure studied with William H. Jackson. Over 4000 glass plate negatives and prints by McClure were donated to the Denver Public Library Western History Department.
Summary: Lindsay and Jones talk about photographer Louis Charles McClure; they recall his studio, darkroom, cameras, photographic apparatus, chemicals, his cooking abilities and spending Christmas day at his house.
Call #: DPL-OH113

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Kennerly, Dan Lanford
Series title: 10th Mountain Division
History: Born September 21, 1922 in Grayson, Georgia. Received Masters in School Administration, University of Georgia. Entered military service 1943. Joined the 10th Mountain Division, December 1943. Served with the 85th Infantry Regiment. Combat duty in Italy 1944-1945.
Summary: Kennerly discusses his ancestry, childhood, military training and experiences during World War II.
Call #: DPL-OH219

 


Knauss, Francis J.
Series title: Ku Klux Klan
History: Member of the Colorado 25th State Assembly.
Summary: Recalls incidents of Ku Klux Klan's influence on state government and other activities of the organization.
Call #: DPL-OH1-3

 


Kohn, William D. III
Series title: 10th Mountain Division
History: Sergeant, 86th Infantry, 10th Mountain Division during World War II.
Summary: Recording by Kohn of over 200 letters he sent to his mother between March 18, 1943 and July 20, 1944.
Call #: DPL-OH222

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Lawler, John L., and Seracuse, Jerome M.
History: Founders and principals of Denver architectural firm, Seracuse Lawler and Partners (SLP.)
Summary: Lawler and Seracuse talk about their architectural education, the establishment of Seracuse Lawler and Partners, and Denver Colorado architecture.
Call #: DPL-OH183-1

 


Lindsay, Thomas Shrock, and Jones, William C.
History: Lindsay is the great-nephew of Louis Charles McClure (1867-1957), landscape, cityscape and commercial photographer in Colorado. McClure studied with William H. Jackson. Over 4000 glass plate negatives and prints by McClure were donated to the Denver Public Library Western History Department.
Summary: Lindsay and Jones talk about photographer Louis Charles McClure; they recall his studio, darkroom, cameras, photographic apparatus, chemicals, his cooking abilities and spending Christmas day at his house.
Call #: DPL-OH113

 


Locke, John Galen
The Rise and Fall of Dr. John Galen Locke
Series title: Ku Klux Klan
History: KOA (Denver, Colorado) radio program aired on February 23, 1962.
Summary: Interviews with Ray Humphreys gives a newspaperman's view of the Ku Klux Klan and police corruption, Joseph E. Cook tells of the Ku Klux Klan's seizure of city government, Henry W. Toll recounts the Klan's attempt to control state government and courts, Rev. Louis Froman and Rev. William M. Higgins recall Catholic persecution.
Call #: DPL-OH1-4

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Maiden, Robert R.
Series title: Ku Klux Klan
History: Colorado law-enforcement officer. Bodyguard for John Galen Lock, Grand Dragon of Colorado Ku Klux Klan.
Summary: Recalls various Ku Klux Klan activities witnessed by Maiden during the time he was bodyguard for Grand Dragon, John Galen Lock.
Call #: DPL-OH1-5

 


Marchese, Clyde Anthony
History: Member of the Potenza Lodge (Societa Nativi di Potenza) in Denver, Colorado. Organization of Italian-Americans whose ancestors came from the city of Potenza, Italy.
Summary: Talks about family, traditions, customs, the Lodge and social activities.
Call #: DPL-OH186-3

 


Meier, John C.
Series title: 10th Mountain Division
History: Corporal, served with the 604th Field Artillery Battalion, 10th Mountain Division.
Summary: Account of Meier's experiences flying recon missions in Italy during World War II. Meier gives brief accounts of specific missions that he flew with Lieutenant Luther Hall which included active fighting with air and ground forces.
Call #: DPL-OH228

 


Moore, Ottis Otto
Series title: Ku Klux Klan
History: Assistant deputy district attorney, Denver, Colorado.
Summary: Reminiscences about Moore's experiences during the height of the Ku Klux Klan influence in Colorado.
Call #: DPL-OH1-6

 


Morrison, Samuel J.
Series title: 10th Mountain Division
History: Born Englewood, New Jersey, September 3, 1923. Served with the 87th Infantry, 10th Mountain Division from February 8, 1943 to August 28, 1945. Stationed at Camp Hale, Camp Swift, and Italy. Awarded the Bronze Star. Changed name from Meiselman to Morrison during the 1950s.
Summary: During this radio interview, Morrison recounts a variety of experiences he had with the 10th Mountain Division both during and after World War II. Interview touches on a variety of subjects including his enlistment and training with the 10th, his experiences on the Italian front, and his relationship with the 10th Mountain Division after the War. The end of the tape focuses on the formation and activities of the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division.
Call #: DPL-OH230 (listed on grant as OH205B)

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Noel, Rachel B.
History: Arrived in Denver, Colorado in 1949. In 1965, became the first African American elected to the Denver Public School board and the first black woman ever to serve elected office in Colorado. She presented the DPS board with the Noel Resolution, which asked the superintendent to develop a plan to integrate Denver's public schools. Under a cloud of threats to Noel and her family, the resolution passed in 1970.
Summary: Noel talks about her childhood, family, education, marriage and her careers as a welfare worker and magazine editor; also discusses Denver public school system and a trip to Africa.
Call #: DPL-OH84

 


Owen, Reginald Bryan
History: Grandson of William Jennings Bryan. Bryan was an American political figure who ran for president many times. He was a U.S. Representative from Illinois, 1891 to 1895 and Secretary of State during part of the Woodrow Wilson administration.
Summary: Owen talks about the family photographs that he donated to the Denver Public Library; talks about his family and his grandfather, William Jennings Bryan. Newspaper article details the marriage of Owen's parents, Reginald and Ruth Bryan Leavitt.
Call #: DPL-OH142

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Pacifico, Salvatore and Julia
History: Members of the Potenza Lodge (Societa Nativi di Potenza) in Denver, Colorado. Organization of Italian-Americans whose ancestors came from the city of Potenza, Italy.
Summary: Salvatore and Julia Pacifico talk about family, traditions, customs, the Lodge and social activities.
Call #: DPL-OH186-4

 


Parkhill, Forbes
Series title: Ku Klux Klan
History: Newspaper reporter for the Denver Post. Republican Party anti-Klan candidate.
Summary: Recalls his experiences with the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado.
Call #: DPL-OH1-7

 


Pergola, Geraldine Angeline
History: Member of the Potenza Lodge (Societa Nativi di Potenza) in Denver, Colorado. Organization of Italian-Americans whose ancestors came from the city of Potenza, Italy.
Summary: Talks about family, traditions, customs, the Lodge and social activities.
Call #: DPL-OH186-5

 


Pergola, Michael
History: Member of the Potenza Lodge (Societa Nativi di Potenza) in Denver, Colorado. Organization of Italian-Americans whose ancestors came from the city of Potenza, Italy.
Summary: Talks about family, traditions, customs, the Lodge and social activities.
Call #: DPL-OH186-6

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Santangelo, Mary Louise Dalla
History: Member of the Potenza Lodge (Societa Nativi di Potenza) in Denver, Colorado. Organization of Italian-Americans whose ancestors came from the city of Potenza, Italy.
Summary: Talks about family, traditions, customs, the Lodge and social activities.
Call #: DPL-OH186-7

 


Santopietro, John
History: Member of the Potenza Lodge (Societa Nativi di Potenza) in Denver, Colorado. Organization of Italian-Americans whose ancestors came from the city of Potenza, Italy.
Summary: Talks about family, traditions, customs, the Lodge and social activities.
Call #: DPL-OH186-8

 


Saunders, Glenn G.
Series title: Ku Klux Klan
Summary: Saunders talks about his boyhood impressions of John Galen Locke, Grand Dragon of the Colorado Ku Klux Klan, and Locke's associates. Relates some stories about the Klan as told to him by his father.
Call #: DPL-OH1-9

 


Seracuse, Jerome M., and Lawler, John L.
History: Founders and principals of Denver architectural firm, Seracuse Lawler and Partners (SLP.)
Summary: Lawler and Seracuse talk about their architectural education, the establishment of Seracuse Lawler and Partners, and Denver (Colo.) architecture.
Call #: DPL-OH183-1

 


Sethman, Harvey T.
Series title: Ku Klux Klan
History: Reporter for the Rocky Mountain News (Denver, Colorado) from 1929-1965. Executive director of the Colorado Medical Society and managing editor of the Rocky Mountain Medical Journal.
Summary: Recalls experiences with the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado and John Galen Locke, Grand Dragon of the Colorado Ku Klux Klan.
Call #: DPL-OH1-8

 


Steele, George C.
History: Rancher, son of cartoonist Albert W. Steele.
Summary: Steele discusses his life, the Williams Fork area, and ranching.
Call #: DPL-OH96

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Tebow, Henry J.
History: Hydraulic project planner in Denver for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Author of My Love Affair with the Bureau of Reclamation.
Summary: Discusses Tebow's early life and education, a wide range of water issues and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation projects from 1930-1966.
Call #: DPL-OH131

 


Toll, Henry Wolcott
Series title: Ku Klux Klan
History: State senator and attorney. Born November 1887. Active in opposing the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado. Taught at the University of Chicago. Served on the National Commission on Uniform State Laws, Denver Welfare Board, DPL Foundation. Founded Graland School in 1927. Died October 1975.
Summary: Discusses events of the Colorado 25th General Assembly and Toll's opposition to the legislative program of the Ku Klux Klan dominated Assembly.
Call #: DPL-OH1-10

 


Underhill, Ruth Murray
History: Internationally known anthropologist and expert on Native American culture. Author, teacher, lecturer. Worked with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Lived with the Papago and Mohave tribes. Professor at University of Denver (Colorado) from 1948-1952.
Summary: Discusses her early life, her service with the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, and her work with Native Americans.
Call #: DPL-OH100

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