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Oral History Interview with Elizabeth Paepcke, 1986 July 7, 2006, 1935-1970

Identifier: AHS-C87


Interview of Mrs. Elizabeth Paepcke about the Wheeler/Stallard House in Aspen. She talks about what it looked like when she first saw it in the summer of 1945. She also discusses the changes she and Walter made to the house over the years.


  • 1986 July 7
  • Digitization: 2006
  • Coverage: 1935-1970

Digital Repository

Oral History Interview with Elizabeth Paepcke

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Biographical / Historical

Bio: Elizabeth Nitze Paepcke was born in Baltimore in 1902 to Anina Sophia Hilken and William A. Nitze. She married Walter Paepcke of Chicago (Container Corporation) in 1922. During the winter of 1938 while visiting their ranch in Colorado she came to Aspen with friends staying at the Hotel Jerome where she "discovered" Aspen as a potential ski area. After WWII she convinced Walter to visit Aspen and they began their renaissance of Aspen as a ski and cultural mecca. After Walters' death in 1960, Elizabeth took over affairs with the Aspen Institute, Aspen Music Festival and the International Design Conference. She is also known for founding the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. She had three children: Anina, Paula, and Paul. In 1994 she died from complications from a fall at the age of 94.


1 Items ; 50 minutes

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Playback cassette tape: Sony HF 60
Computer Hardware: 3 (total) Intel Celeron 1.8GHz/224 MB RAM PC's (made by PowerSpec), each with a Firewall hard drive (2 made by MicroNet, 1 made by LaCie) and M-Audio Delta Audiophile (internal sound card); External Firewire Hard Drive; Analog Playback Equipment: Nakamichi Dragon, Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1; Analog/Digital Converter: Prism Dream ADA-8XR; Prism Sound Dream AD-2
Operating System: Windows XP; Capture and editing software: Steinberg Wavelab 4.0; Formatting software: Sony Soundforge; Other Devices: Switcher to allow monitoring of multiple transfers.
Basic Map: Nakamichi Dragon -> Analog RCA or XLR -> AD converter -> AES (XLR) -> M-Audio Card -> Software -> External Firewire Drive


Title supplied by the Archivist: Anna L. Scott. Interview conducted on July 7, 1986. Accompanied by digital transcript.
Names discussed: Judge Shaw, Walter Paepcke, Stallards, Herbert Bayer, Eurichs, bob anderson, Romona Markalunas, Joyce, Lenny Morse, Bert Bidwell, Dorothy Shaw, Harry Shaw, Louiva Stapleton, Mrs. Icky, DRC (Darcy) Brown, Jr.
Place Names: Triangle Park, Aspen, Denver, New York.
Business', Buildings, Organizations, Schools: Stallard House, Gillespie House, School, Aspen Institute, Anderson Ranch, Jerome Hotel, The Aspen Historical Museum/ Society, Given Institute, University of Colorado, Lamb House, Brown House.

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