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A. Helen Anderson Papers

Identifier: M016


A. Helen Anderson was the Director of Publications for Denver Public Schools, Denver, Colorado (1929-1956) during the tenure of Superintendent Archie Threlkeld. Anderson taught at South High School in Denver from 1929-1956. She was an advocate for improved educational programs in the Denver area. Editorials, newspaper clippings and correspondence on public school controversies such as McCarthyism and school integration, assembled during A. Helen Anderson's tenure as Director of Publications for the Denver Public Schools.


  • 1950-1969
  • Majority of material found in 1950-1969


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A. Helen Anderson Papers

Biographical / Historical

A. Helen Anderson was a teacher at Denver South High School for 11 years before becoming Director of Publications for Denver Public Schools from 1929 to 1956 under Superintendent Archie L. Threlkeld. She was one of the founders of the National School Public Relations Association and served as president of the organization from 1934 to 1936. Anderson was instrumental in founding the Rocky Mountain Radio Council. She was named ''Woman of the Year'' in 1956 by the Business and Professional Women's Club of Denver and ''Distinguished Alumna'' of the University of Denver in 1952. She was also the author of professional articles and short stories.


0.25 Linear Feet (1half letter document box)

Scope and Contents

The A. Helen Anderson Papers consist of newspaper clippings, editorials, and correspondence assembled during her tenure as Director of Publications for the Denver Public Schools. These materials cover political and administrative attacks on public schools and other controversies during the McCarthy Era of the 1950s, as well as busing and desegregation in Denver Public Schools during the 1960s. As an alumni of the University of Denver, Anderson's papers include correspondence and news clippings on the Denver Public School and national school systems during the 1950s and 1960s. The papers also include correspondence regarding the National Council for American Education and its organizer Allen Zoll, as well as a bibliography of materials concerning attacks on public education.


These papers are arranged into three series:; 1. Editorials , 1950-1951.; 2. Newspaper Clippings, 1950-1953 and 1962-1969.; 3. Correspondence, 1950-1953.;

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of A. Helen Anderson, 1970.


No further accruals are expected.
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