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.

Pauline Robinson
N.A.A.C.P. freedom activist in her college years; responsible for the integration of Lakeside Amusement Park; coordinator of Children's Services, Denver Public Library; 1964, recipient of the Nell I Scott Memorial Award for outstanding Library service; college instructor, guest lecturer.  Listed in Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in the West, and Who's Who in Library Services.  Inducted  1973.

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. 

Dr. Florence Sabin (1871-1953)

Dr. Florence Sabin was a medical research scientist who pioneered the field for women and helped improve the health of Coloradans.

Francisco "Paco" Sanchez (1915-1973)

Paco Sanchez came to America, started Denver's first Latino radio station, and helped built institutions to serve the community.

Chin Lin Sou (1836 - 1894)

Chin Lin Sou was among the earliest Chinese immigrants to Colorado. He became a successful businessman and supporter of the Chinese community. Some of his descendants still live in Denver.

Studio portrait of Silas S. Soule. He wears a military uniform from the Civil War era.

Silas Soule (1838 - 1865)

Captain Silas Soule of the Colorado Cavalry refused to participate in the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, where one hundred and fifty unarmed Cheyenne and Arapaho women and children were murdered. His letters and testimony about the events of that day are the reason the truth of Sand Creek is known as a massacre rather than a glorious battle.  

Arie Parks Taylor (1927 - 2003)

Businesswoman, Colorado state congresswoman, and activist. 

Studio portrait of Alice Ivers "Poker Alice" Tubbs. She smokes a cigar and wears a sweater.

"Poker" Alice Tubbs (1851-1930)

Poker Alice was a strong, independent woman at a time when women had few options in life.