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Oral History interview with Drs. Robert and Alberta Shattuck, 1986

Identifier: M054.01.0002.00013


Dr. Robert Shattuck and his wife, Dr. Alberta Shattuck share their memories of growing up in the University Park area of Denver, Colorado, providing details about the neighborhood. Robert Shattuck discusses transportation, including the tramway line and the C and S Railroad, working at the Diamond Joe Ranch as a field hand, and his classes and teachers at the University Park Elementary School. He shares an anecdote about his uncle, Herbert A. Howe, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Denver, and discusses the role that John Evans, Colorado's second Territorial Governor, played in the development of the University of Denver, known at the time as the Colorado Seminary. Robert Shattuck also relates details about his experiences as a member of Boy Scout Troop 5, Denver, Colorado, including the names of campsites the group used and trails where the troop hiked in the mountains of Colorado. Alberta Shattuck provides a history of the Iliff School of Theology, located in Denver adjacent to the University of Denver campus, which her grandmother established in memory of her first husband and Alberta's grandfather, John Wesley Iliff.


  • 1986


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Oral History interview with Drs. Robert and Alberta Shattuck

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1 Items (sound tape cassette)

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.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

1 audiotape cassette 54 minutes, 30 seconds


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 (157,545,056 ; 128,750,980 bytes) and MP3 (5,399,107 ; 4,415,478 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. Streamed for high bandwidth users at 22.050 kHz sample rate, 24 Kbits/sec. data rate. Derived from an Aiff audio master digitized at 44.1 kHz, 16 bits per sample, mono. from an analog audiocassette. Equipment: Technics RS-BR465 cassette player; M-Audio Audiophile 2496 audio card; Lacie CD-RW burner and Apple Superdrive DVD burner; Apple G4 733 and Apple G5 2.3 gHz dual. Software: Bias Peak DV (for recording); Bias Soundsoap (for noise reduction); Discrete Logic - Cleaner (MP3 Encoder); Roxio Toast (for CD burning of .aif files); Roxio Jam (for CD burning of Redbook Audio files). Sound recording file names: udpl-upoh-ma-00040-shattuck-t1a ; udpl-upoh-ma-00040-shattuck-t1b For rights statement see: Also available as a Redbook audio CD-R from University of Denver Penrose Library, Dept. of Special Collections and Archives, 44.1 kHz sample rate, 16 bits per sample, stereo.


Title supplied by cataloger. ||Interview conducted at 6484 South Sycamore, Littleton, Colorado on April 30, 1986. ||Participants: Robert Matchett ; Dr. Robert Shattuck ; Dr. Alberta Shattuck. ||Dr. Robert C. Shattuck (1904-1996), a physician and surgeon, was born in the University Park area of Denver, Colorado, and lived in the neighborhood until 1934. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 5, Denver, Colo. Shattuck attended University Park Elementary School and South High School, and graduated from the University of Denver. He attended medical school in Colorado and Pennsylvania, and opened a medical practice in Colorado. Shattuck's grandfather, Joseph Shattuck, was the first dean of the University of Denver. Shattuck's uncle, Herbert Alonzo Howe, was a professor of astronomy and a dean at the University of Denver who was instrumental in having the Chamberlin Observatory built. Shattuck was an honorary trustee at the University of Denver, and he wrote a book about University Park that was published by the University Park Methodist Church. He married Dr. Alberta Iliff in 1959. ||Dr. Alberta Iliff Shattuck (1909-2011) was born in Denver, Colorado, the third child of William Seward Iliff and Alberta Gearhart Bloom Iliff, and lived in the University Park neighborhood until 1959. She attended the University Park Elementary School and graduated from the University of Denver in 1931 with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, and an M.S. in 1932. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1942, and married Dr. Robert C. Shattuck in 1959. ||Names appear on cassette label as: Dr. Robert Shattuck and wife Mrs. Iliff-Shattuck [sic]

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