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Oral History Interview with Nelson Schachet, 1982 May 18

Identifier: B098.01.0004.00094


Nelson Schachet (1903-1992), born and raised in Denver, recounts his family history including ties to Cincinnati and the family's origins in Lithuania, and his life in the West Colfax neighborhood of Denver during the 1920s and 1930s. He talks about his father's business, Schachet Mercantile Co. located on Morrison Road, and other Jewish-owned businesses in the neighborhood. His father brought Manischewitz matzah to Denver. Bugsy Siegel ate at the delicatessen that was part of the Mercantile Co. whenever he was in Denver. Nelson Schachet also discusses various synagogues and kosher food producers active on West Colfax Avenue. Nelson Schachet was born in Denver on January 20, 1903 and died June 10, 1992. His wife was Gertrude Schachet (1900-1962).


  • 1982 May 18


Language of Materials

The interview was conducted in English with some Yiddish phrases.

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1 Items (1 sound tape cassette)

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

Series 1 consists of the recorded oral histories of individuals and, occasionally, groups of individuals representing Jewish organizations. Many of the interviewees are descendants of early Colorado Jewish pioneers or were Jewish newcomers to the state in the beginning of the 20th century. The interviews document Jewish history in Colorado in the 20th century.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Poor 1 audiotape cassette 30 minutes


Interview conducted by Jeanne E. Abrams, Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society.

Related Materials

Digital reproduction. Denver, Colo. :University of Denver, Penrose Library, 2009. 1 sound file in 2 formats : digital, MP3 (20,734,224 bytes) and WAV (522,496,320 bytes) files. Streaming audio interview. Mode of access: World Wide Web. User system requirements: Windows or Macintosh workstation with graphical browser and audio player software. MP3 file encoded at 24 kHz sample rate, 56 Kbits/sec. data rate for streaming. Derived from a WAV audio master digitized at 96kHz, later resampled to 44.1 kHz, stereo from an analog audiocassette tape. Equipment: Dell Dimension, 2.8 GHz dual Quad-Core Xeon, Windows XP Professional 64-bit; Sony MDR-7502 headphones; Marantz PMD-221 cassette recorder; M-Audio Delta 1010LT PCI card. Software: GoldWave 5.52 (recording and editing); LAME 3.97 (MP3 Encoder); Sound recording file name: B098.01.0006.00094. OCLC no.:436886725


Digitized other analog

Title supplied by cataloger. ||Interview conducted at 779 Grape Street, Denver, Colorado on May 18, 1982. ||Participants: Nelson Schachet; Jeanne E. Abrams.


Repository Details

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