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Dorothy (Dokes) Kobey Berry Papers

 Collection
Identifier: B100

Dorothy "Dokes" Berry (nee Kobey) was born in Aspen, Colorado in 1905. During Berry's childhood Aspen's primary industry was mining and very few Jewish families lived in the town. Her father and his brothers were businessmen who owned and operated apparel stores in Aspen, including the Kobey Shoe and Clothing Company. After she graduated from Aspen High School, Dorothy Kobey taught at a county school in Cow Creek, Colorado, outside Steamboat Springs. She moved to Denver, Colorado with her siblings in 1924 to attend the University of Denver after receiving a scholarship to the school. In 1927 she married Nathan Berry, a salesman who worked at her uncle's downtown Denver business, the Kobey Shoe Store.

The papers document Jewish family life in Aspen, Colorado during the early 1900s. The papers contain newspaper and magazine articles, 1 photographic print, family tree charts and a CD-ROM that contains digitized photographs and digitized printed materials, including U.S. census records.

The Dorothy (Dokes) Kobey Berry Papers document the growth of businesses in Colorado mountain towns and Jewish social life and customs in Aspen, Colorado during the early 1900s. The Kobey families were among the dozen or so Jewish families in the close-knit mining town of Aspen when Dokes Kobey was growing up. This collection documents Jewish family life, with an emphasis on the lives of Jewish women, in Aspen, Colorado in the early 1900s. Dokes Kobey Berry died in Denver on February 24, 2009.

Dates

  • 1880-2005
  • Majority of material found in 1912-1928

Creator

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (legal document box)

Scope and Contents

The Dorothy (Dokes) Kobey Berry Papers contain newspaper and magazine articles, one photographic print, family tree charts and other printed materials, as well as a compact disc that contains digitized photographs and digitized printed materials, including U.S. census records. The Kobey families were among the dozen or so Jewish families in the close-knit mining town of Aspen when Dokes Kobey was growing up. The papers document the growth of businesses in Colorado mountain towns, Jewish social life and customs and Jewish family life in Aspen, Colorado with an emphasis on the lives of Jewish women when it was a mining town during the early 1900s.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy (Dokes) Kobey Berry was born in Aspen, Colorado in 1905, the fifth of seven children of Leah Sheffel Kobey and Harris Kobey. Leah and Harris Kobey honeymooned in Aspen in 1898 and settled there soon after. Dorothy Kobey’s father and his brothers owned stores in Aspen, including the Kobey Shoe and Clothing Store. Dokes Kobey and her six siblings lived with her uncle, Ben Kobey, after their mother died and Harris Kobey left for the East Coast. The Kobey families were among the dozen or so Jewish families in Aspen when Dokes Kobey was growing up. The mining town of Aspen was a close-knit community and, despite being Jewish, she and her siblings attended functions with non-Jewish children, including activities at the Episcopal and Methodist churches. Dokes Kobey taught at a county school in Cow Creek, outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, after her graduation from Aspen High School. She moved to Denver with her siblings in 1924 after receiving a scholarship to the University of Denver. In 1927 she married Nathan Berry, a shoe salesman who worked at her uncle's Kobey Shoe Store in downtown Denver, Colorado. They raised three children, Harold, Joan, and Susan. Dokes Kobey Berry died in Denver on February 24, 2009 at the age of 103.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into three series:; 1. Articles and Family Materials, 1880-2005.; 2. Photographs, 1899-2005.; 3. Digitized Materials, 1880-2005.;

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dorothy K. Berry, September 26, 2005.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Oral History interview of Dokes Kobey Berry, RMJHS Oral Histories, General Tapes 162A and 162B. ||http://library.du.edu/about/collections/digitallibrary/playershell.cfm?MediaObjectID=581.

General

Ted E. Harsham created the digital images in 2001 and in July 2002 from materials at Dokes Berry's home.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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