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Rothgerber Family Scrapbooks and Other Papers

 Collection
Identifier: B234

Ira C. Rothgerber, Sr. (1878-1956), and Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr. (-1993), were a father and son who gained acclaim in Colorado for their legal work throughout the 20th century. Ira C. Rothgerber, Sr., was born in 1878 and received a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1901. In 1903, Rothgerber and Walter Appel became law partners and opened their own law firm, Rothgerber & Appel (now Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP). In 1913, Rothgerber, Sr., was elected judge of the Denver County Court. His son, Ira Rothgerber, Jr., also received a law degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he became a partner in his father's law firm in 1941. Rothgerber, Sr. died in 1956, and Rothgerber, Jr. died in 1993. The collection contains scrapbooks and other papers relating to the education, personal lives, and law practices of Ira C. Rothgerber, Sr., and Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr. (as well as a Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP brochure from 2003).

Dates

  • 1901-2003

Creator

Extent

5.5 Linear Feet (1 record box and 3 flat boxes, 21 x 17 x 3.5 inches)

Scope and Contents

The collection contains scrapbooks and other papers relating to the education, personal lives, and law practices of Ira C. Rothgerber, Sr. and Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr. (as well as a Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP brochure from 2003). The majority of materials are associated with Rothgerber, Jr. The scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, ticket stubs, telegrams, postcards, invitations, event programs, greeting cards, awards, and other materials. Some of the newspaper clippings describe law cases in which the Rothgerbers were involved. Other materials include unidentified, undated essays and notes about law cases, a guest book for Rothgerber, Jr.'s, 40th birthday, and invitations, tickets, and programs for the 1937 presidential inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Biographical / Historical

Ira C. Rothgerber, Sr. was born in 1878. He grew up in Denver, Colorado and was educated at East High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1901. In 1903, Rothgerber and his childhood friend Walter Appel became law partners and opened their own law firm, Rothgerber & Appel (now Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP). Rothgerber married Reina Grunsfeld, and they had three children, Ira, Jr.; Irene; and Miriam. In 1913, Ira Rothgerber, Sr., was elected judge of the Denver County Court, a position in which he served for eight years. Ira Rothgerber, Jr., also studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received both undergraduate and law degrees. He joined his father’s firm in 1935 and became a partner in 1941. Rothgerber, Jr. served in World War II in 1942 and earned the rank of lieutenant colonel. He then returned to Denver and practiced law for a short while before teaching law at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver. He rejoined Rothgerber & Appel after his father passed away in 1956. Ira Rothgerber, Jr. died in 1993.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series:; 1. Ira C. Rothgerber, Sr., Scrapbook, 1901-1937.; 2. Ira C. Rothgerber, Jr., Scrapbooks and Other Papers, 1913-1992.; 3. Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP 100th-Anniversary Brochure, 2003.;

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, November 2002.

Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

Contact:
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Denver CO 80208
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