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Oral History Interview with Kathleen Babcock, 1986

Identifier: M054.01.0001.00002


Kathleen M. Babcock, a lifelong resident of the University Park area of Denver, Colorado, lists her numerous area addresses and describes her early University Park neighborhood as farmland with most residents keeping cattle, chickens, and horses. Babcock discusses local shops and businesses, area churches, and neighborhood activities for children, including a May Day Festival at the University of Denver, holiday parties, ice skating at a lighted rink in the winter, and visits on Saturdays to a gymnasium on University Avenue. Babcock also talks about the first streets to be paved in the neighborhood, her first ride in an automobile, and the local streetcar route, which later became the bus route from University Park to downtown Denver.


  • 1986


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Oral History Interview with Kathleen Babcock

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1 Cassettes (monoral audiotape cassette) : analog audio recording ; 25 minutes 51 seconds

Scope and Contents

From the Series: The series consists of 50 oral histories collected by Barry Matchett during 1986. The interviewees were all persons who lived in the University Park neighborhood, and concerned their memories of growing up and living in the neighborhood over a number of years.


Gift of Barry Matchett, 1986

Related Materials

Digital reproduction. Colorado Springs, Colo. : Mediawerx Corp. ; Denver, Colo. : University of Denver, Penrose Library, 2008. 1 sound file in 2 formats : digital, AIFF (26,326,026 bytes) and MP3 (899,583 bytes) files. Preservation master digitized at 16 bits per sample, mono.; access copy streamed for high bandwidth users at 22.050 kHz sample rate, 24 Kbits/sec. data rate. Also available as a Redbook audio CD-R, 44.1 kHz sample rate, 16 bits per sample, stereo.


Title supplied by cataloger. ||Participants: Interviewer, Nancy Dorn ; Kathleen Babcock. ||Interview conducted at 2120 S. Monroe Street, Denver, Colorado in 1986. ||Kathleen M. Babcock was born May 29, 1903 in a home at the corner of E. Iliff Ave. and S. Cook St. in the University Park area of Denver, Colo. Her parents were custodians at the University Park Elementary School, and they also lived in an apartment in the school. She attended the University Park Elementary School, South High School, and later graduated from a business college. Babcock had two half-brothers who attended Denver University Preparatory School. Babcock worked for Denver Public Schools (DPS) for 44 years, including 31 years at Grant Junior High School.


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