Skip to main content

Mabel E. Allen Papers

Identifier: M351


Mabel E. (Wickham) Allen (1912-2003) was an alum of Colorado Woman's College (1931) and the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music (1933). This collection contains materials related to Mabel's training and performance as a violinist and her career as a music teacher in Colorado. The materials include textiles, scrapbooks, photographs, memorabilia, diplomas, certificates, books, and other papers.


  • 1925 - 2003


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright not evaluated: The copyright and related rights status of this Item has not been evaluated. Please refer to the organization that has made the Item available for more information. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. See:

Biographical / Historical

Mabel Ernestine (Wickham) Allen was born 4 February 1912. She graduated from Decatur County High School in Oberlin, Kansas in 1928. She then attended Colorado Woman's College in Denver, Colorado where she earned an Associate in Arts Diploma in 1931. Mabel continued her education at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1933. Mabel went on to teach public school music education in Wray, Louisville, Henderson, Boxelder, other small towns, and finally the Aurora School District, all in Colorado. In 1970, Mabel received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce, and, on May 6, 2000, she was honored by the Aurora Symphony Orchestra with a plaque containing a poem by one of her disabled students. This award was for her service in the Aurora Public Schools and in the Aurora Symphony. Mabel was also featured in The Aurora Sentinal newspaper on January 4, 2001. She died on 21 April 2003.


18 Linear Feet (1 textile box, 2 custom boxes, 1 record box, 1 wrapped object.) ; Textile box: 60.5 x 18.5 x 5 inches. Custom boxes: 36 x 15 x 5 inches (1), 23 x 18 x 2 inches (1). Wrapped object: 25 x 20 x 2 inches.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains performance dresses and other textiles, scrapbooks, photographs, memorabilia, diplomas, certificates, books, and other papers related to the life, performance, and/or teaching career of violinist Mabel Ernestine (Wickham) Allen.


The collection is unarranged.



Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

2150 East Evans Avenue
Denver CO 80208
(303) 871-3428