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Wayne O. Littrell Papers

Identifier: M463


Wayne O. Littrell (1920-2017) was an University of Denver alum and served as the University's first head of security from 1952 - 1971. The collection consists of two (2) scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, photographs, two (2) reel-to-reel tapes, and other memorabilia collected by Mr. Littrell.


  • 1948 - 2011


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Biographical / Historical

Wayne Littrell was born in 1920. Littrell served as a neuropsychiatric technician specialist, stationed at a hospital at the Naval Base San Diego, during WWII. After the war, he and his wife Dorothea moved to Denver. The Littrell's moved into Buchtel Village, a housing community for college-going vets set up by the University of Denver. He attended the University of Denver while working as their chief of security. He held that post for twenty years, during which time he oversaw state and international visits of important figures, including President Lyndon B Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and United Nations Secretary General U Thant. He was also head of security during the 1970 Woodstock West protests on University campus, and a majority of his collection features his work during that time. Littrell also worked as head of security for Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. for a number of years before returning to Denver. Wayne Littrell died in 2017 and was survived by his wife, 3 daughters, 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.


6 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

This collection covers Mr. Littrell's career at the University of Denver, including his work with the 1970 Woodstock West protests at University of Denver campus. It includes newspaper clippings, photographs, awards, and some personal materials gifted to or created by Wayne Littrell.

Separated Materials

All issues of The SLATE (the Buchtel Village newsletter) that were donated along with Mr. Littrell's personal papers were removed and individually cataloged. Call number: LD1566.2 .S53

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Repository Details

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