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Colorful Coloradans Biographies

Biographies of important Coloradans featuring digitized sources from the Western History collection to provide young researchers with high quality, primary source material for their history projects. Ideal for 4th grade and up.

Lena Archuleta (1920 - 2011)

Denver's first Hispanic female school principal, Lena Archuleta was dedicated to improving life for all people, especially Hispanic Denverites. 

Caroline Bancroft (1900 - 1985)

Historian, journalist, and philanthropist whose stories about Colorado history helped spark new interest in the state's past. 

Casimiro Barela (1847-1920)

Casimiro Barela was a long-serving senator in the Colorado legislature.

George Bent (1843 - 1918)

Cheyenne-American interpreter and historian who often found himself caught between his mother's Cheyenne world and his father's white American world. 

Black Kettle (1807 - 1868)

Black Kettle was a chief of the Southern Cheyenne people. He fought for peace even as his people suffered brutality and death at the hands of the government.

Ralph Carr (1887-1950)

Governor of Colorado who served during WWII. He publicly opposed putting Japanese Americans into internment camps.


Elizabeth Piper Ensley (1847 - 1919)

Elizabeth was born the child of a former slave and spent her life fighting for women's suffrage and the rights of African Americans.

Maude Fealy (1881-1971)

Actress, author, director and teacher known for her work in silent film and plays at the historic Elitch Theatre

Eugene Field (1850 - 1895)

Poet, newspaper writer, and humorist whose poetry for and about children is still widely read today. 

Gladys Caldwell Fisher (1907-1952)

Artist, particularly known for her sculptures of animals.