Creator: Alcock, George W.
Abstract: The Aspinwall Family Papers consist of letters and documents written by William H. Aspinwall, or relating to the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, which he founded. Other material concerns Lloyd Aspinwall, who appears to be the son of William. Finally, there are documents from the person who found and saved the letters and Wayne Aspinall, who might have been distantly related.
Abstract: The Jane McLean Papers contain a selection of photographs, newspaper clippings, programs and other dance related ephemera covering the careers of both Jane McLean (1908-1990) and her elder brother Edward McLean (1905-1982). Both of the McLeans were Colorado natives who traveled to New York City in the mid-1920s to study dance, eventually becoming acquainted with many notable dance figures of the day: Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Martha Graham, Agnes DeMille, etc. Edward suffered a severe back injury that effectively ended his dance career in 1934. Jane toured nationally as a solo performer (1931-1952). She continued to study and teach modern dance in New York before moving to Denver, Colorado in 1949 and then to Casper, Wyoming. In Wyoming, from approximately 1951-1956, Jane established a school and directed a modern dance company (1949-1954) of her own before returning to Denver, Colorado in 1959. She continued to teach modern dance, with an emphasis on Graham technique, at various locations around Denver until shortly before her death in 1990.
Creator: Chapman, John, 1900-1972
Abstract: John Chapman, nicknamed ''Old Frostface'' by the press and ''The Curmudgeon'' by affectionate colleagues, was a drama critic for the New York Daily News in the 1930s through the 1950s. Chapman spent some time reviewing movies in Hollywood, but his base was always in Manhattan. He and his wife Georgia also maintained a home in Westport, Connecticut. He was the son of Arthur Chapman, a Denver, Colorado newspaperman best known for his poem ''Out Where the West Begins.'' The bulk of the collection dates from Chapman's rise in popularity in the late twenties, and includes photographs of Chapman with various movie stars, articles, speeches, typescripts and newspaper clippings of Chapman's reviews, reviews of plays, awards, inviations, cartoons, scrapbooks and other writings, biographical material, publicity material he received from movie production companies, and correspondence with publishers. Though most of the collection pertains to his professional life, some personal photographs and correspondence are also included. The collections also includes grade school and high school papers, poems, an interview, correspondence, obituaries, posters, and audio cassette tapes.