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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.

Otto Perry (1894-1970)

Railroad photographer who predominantly photographed railroads in Colorado. He also took photos of railroads in all 48 continental United States. He was able to capture the history of railroads in the Rocky Mountains through his photography.

Polly Pry (1857 - 1938)

Adventurous newspaper writer, gossip columnist, and social activist who became one of the first women to run her own newspaper. 

Bob Ragland (1938 - 2021)

Robert L. Ragland was a prolific artist who spent his life helping young artists make a living through art. 

"Daddy" Bruce Randolph (1900 - 1994)

Bruce Randolph started a popular barbeque restaurant in Denver and went on to feed and serve those in need for decades.

Helen Rich (1894-1971)

Helen Rich was a bestselling author, a traveling writer and the first female journalist for the Colorado Springs Telegraph.

Jane Silverstein Ries (1909 - 2005)

Denver's first female landscape architect, Jane Silverstein Ries, created gardens around the state that were easy to grow in Colorado's unique environment.

Pauline Short Robinson (1915 - 1997)

Pauline Robinson was the first African American librarian in Denver and fought for equal rights and better educational opportunities for children. This is a special biography brought to us from the staff of the Pauline Robinson Branch Library.

Cleo Parker Robinson (1948 - )

Cleo Parker Robinson grew up in Denver's Five Points neighborhood and developed an innovative dance school that operates to this day.

Josephine Roche (1886 - 1976)

Josephine Roche was a labor advocate, a defender of immigrant rights, a voice for children's rights, a promoter of health care, and a businesswoman.

Luis Rovira (1923 - 2011)

Judge who worked to modernize the Colorado courts, and was the United States' first ever Hispanic chief justice. Luis Rovira is best remembered for declaring discrimination against gay people unconstitutional.