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Colorado Women's College (after 1993) Records

Identifier: U109


The Colorado Women's College became a part of the University of Denver in 1982. The College was focused on providing a specifically women-centered context to its students. Through degree programs ceased in 2015, the CWS continues through the Leaderships Scholars scholarship program and Equity Labs. The collection is comprised of administrative records, program files, Alumni Association records, and documentation related to the construction of the Merle Chambers Center.


  • 1977-2007


Biographical / Historical

The Women's College of the University of Denver began in 1909 as the Colorado Woman's Baptist College. By the year 1915, enrollment in the college had reached 178 students. In 1967, the college reached an all-time high in enrollment at 1,117 students, and was renamed Temple Buell College after a gift of $25 million from Temple Buell. In 1973, the name was changed back to Colorado Women's College.

In 1976, the Colorado Women's College proposed a merger with the University of Denver due to financial difficulties, but the offer was declined by DU. In an effort to explore a more diverse student base, CWC began The Weekend College program in 1979. Financial problems continued for CWC, and the College again approached the University of Denver about a merger. After a study conducted by both institutions, the University of Denver acquired CWC in 1982. The University of Denver continued The Weekend College as a part of its Daniels College of Business.

In 1993, Michele Bloom became the Exectutive Director of The Weekend College. The Weekend College existed as a continuing education program for women, and Bloom renamed the program The Women's College in the same year she became Executive Director. The Women's College became a separate academic unit within the University, and Michele Bloom was named its first Dean in 1997.

In 1999, The Women's College moved to the University Park Campus, and the construction of a Women's Center was announced. In 2004, the Merle Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women was completed and opened. In 2007, Dr. Lynn M. Gangone was named the second Dean of The Women's College, and Michele Bloom was named Dean Emerita.

In 2013, the name changed to Colorado Women's College of the University of Denver. The school offered its own curriculum and degree program. In 2015, DU closed the degree programs in favor of "researching and piloting programs focused on accelerating the advancement of women and equity." Currently these programs include the Colorado Women’s College Leadership Scholars (a scholarship program) and Equity Labs, a diverse set of programs currently offered through the Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW).


48.0 Linear Feet (52 containers)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials pertaining to the history of the Colorado Women's College after its merger with the University of Denver in 1982. It contains program files and proposals, construction documentation for the Chambers Center, administrative files, files related to the CWC Alumni Association, copies of The Weekender, and marketing and public relations materials.


The collection is arranged into nine series:

  1. Michele Bloom's Records, 1977-2006
  2. Chambers Center Records, 1993-2006
  3. Marketing, PR, and Publications, 1995-2003
  4. Administrative Files, 1989-2007
  5. Alumni Files, 1986-2006
  6. The Weekender, 1982-2006
  7. Lark Birdsong's Files, 1999-2001
  8. Academic Program Files, 1990-2007
  9. Photographs

Related Materials

Materials pertaining to the history of Colorado Women's College prior to its merger with the University of Denver may be found in M130, Colorado Women's College Records.

U107 (University of Denver Weekend College Records, Undated)

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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