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Milton Louis Anfenger Papers

Identifier: B091


Milton L. Anfenger was an attorney, Colorado state senator, humanitarian, and civic leader who lived in Denver, Colorado. He was president of National Jewish Hospital and the Denver Bears Baseball Club. He was a member of the Elks, Masons, Shriners, and B'nai B'rith. The papers include newspapers, newspaper clippings, invitations, photographs, and scrapbooks.


  • 1892-1953


Biographical / Historical

Milton Louis Anfenger was born in Denver, Colorado, September 3, 1874. His parents were Denver Jewish pioneers Louis and Louise Anfenger. Milton Anfenger was an attorney, Colorado state senator, humanitarian, and civic leader in Denver. He graduated from East Denver High School in 1892. He attended Stanford University and graduated with a L.L.B. in 1895. At Stanford, he was a classmate and roommate of Herbert Hoover. Milton Anfenger was admitted to the Colorado Bar Association in 1897. Colonel Milton Louis Anfenger was an aide-de-camp to Colorado Governor James H. Peabody and militia Brigadier General Sherman M. Bell during Colorado's response to the 1903-1904 strike in the Cripple Creek Mining District. Anfenger was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1904 and served during the fifteenth and sixteenth Colorado general assemblies. He was married to Essie Wolfshon in 1911. A member of Elks Lodge #17, he was elected Exalted Ruler in 1913. He was a member of B'nai B'rith Lodge #171 and served as president for the local lodge as well as treasurer and president of the District Grand Lodge. He was an organizer of the Allied Jewish Council and was active in the Central Jewish Council, Central Jewish Aid Society, and Treasurer of the United Health Appeal Board of the Allied Council. He also served as editor of a Denver newspaper, "Jewish News" that concentrated on the activities of the Jewish community in Denver. Anfenger was President of the Denver Bears baseball team from 1923-1932. He was Treasurer of Beth Israel Hospital and President of the National Jewish Hospital Board from 1945-1952. A member of several civic organizations, he was also actively involved in the National Guard, Masons, Odd Fellows, Denver Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Green Gables Country Club, and organizer of the Sons of Colorado. Milton L. Anfenger died December 9, 1952.


3.25 Linear Feet (3 containers) (1 half legal document box, 1 flat box 21x17x3 in., and 1 flat box 21x17x 4 in.)

Scope and Contents

The Milton Louis Anfenger Papers contain newspapers, clippings, invitations, photographs, and other printed materials dating from April 1897 to June 1953. The papers also contain two scrapbooks.


This collection is organized into seven series: 1. Scrapbooks, Photographs, and Ephemera, 1892-1952. 2. B'nai B'rith, 1897-1950. 3. National Jewish Hospital, 1915-1953. 4. Elks Club, 1911-1913, 1938-1949. 5. Legal Career and Political Life, 1904-1915. 6. Denver Bears Baseball Team, 1911-1912, 1952. 7. Obituaries and Memorials, 1952-1953. The monograph, The Birth of a Hospital, call no. RC309.C6.D43, by Milton L. Anfenger, was separated in 2007 from the collection and moved to the Special Collections and Archives' rare books.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were created by Milton Louis Anfenger and deeded to the Beck Archives by Marjorie Hornbein, niece of Milton Anfenger. The deed of gift is dated 1979 February 19.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Related collections include the Anfenger Family Papers, B106, and the National Jewish Hospital Records, B005. Related materials are in the Ben M. Blumberg Papers, Box 3, Folders 1-3.


The materials in the Papers were calendared in 1980 and copies of the calendar exist in paper and electronic format.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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