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Oral histories

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms

Found in 29 Collections and/or Records:

Barry Matchett University Park Oral History Collection

 Collection
Identifier: M054
Overview The collection consists of oral histories by residents of the University Park neighborhood in Denver, Colorado and recount life in the south Denver neighborhood from early 1900 to the mid-1980s as part of 14-year old Barry Matchett's 1986 Eagle Scout project. Residents relate the history of University Park including the trolley that served the area, grocery stores and holiday celebrations. The subdivision was platted in 1892 and the University of Denver moved to its University Park Campus in...

Oral History Interview with Andrew Gassman, 1986

 Item
Identifier: M054.01.0001.00018
Overview Andrew Gassman, Chamberlin Observatory astronomer, provides a brief history of Chamberlin Observatory, which is located in Observatory Park in the University Park area of Denver, Colorado. Gassman notes that the observatory was built for research in 1896 and at the time of its construction was located far from populated, lighted areas that might interfere with its operation. He relates that as the surrounding area became populated, the function of the Observatory changed from a research...

Oral History Interview with Anne Niblock, 1978 October 25

 Item
Identifier: B098.12.0010.00004
Overview Anne talks about coming to Denver to finish her degree at the University of Denver and started working for National Jewish Hospital as the only teacher for the students grades 1-7, all the children were patients at the Hospital, she functioned as a teacher, foster mother, counselor; associated with the Denver Public School System.

Oral History Interview with Chuck and Dorothy Haines, 1986

 Item
Identifier: M054.01.0001.00022
Overview Chuck and Dorothy Haines discuss details about the University Park area of Denver, Colorado and the changes that have taken place since they moved to the neighborhood. They talk about the local schools, passenger and freight train service in the area, and local businesses including the pharmacy and the Piggly Wiggly grocery store. They discuss the relationship between the neighborhood and the University of Denver, highlighting the friction between the two groups in the past. Chuck Haines also...

Oral History interview with Drs. Robert and Alberta Shattuck, 1986

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Identifier: M054.01.0002.00013
Overview Dr. Robert Shattuck and his wife, Dr. Alberta Shattuck share their memories of growing up in the University Park area of Denver, Colorado, providing details about the neighborhood. Robert Shattuck discusses transportation, including the tramway line and the C and S Railroad, working at the Diamond Joe Ranch as a field hand, and his classes and teachers at the University Park Elementary School. He shares an anecdote about his uncle, Herbert A. Howe, Professor of Astronomy at the University of...

Oral History Interview with Fay Kessler, 1986

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Identifier: M054.01.0002.00002
Overview Fay Kessler discusses details about the University Park area of Denver, Colorado during the time she lived in the neighborhood including the types of businesses that were open in the area, the transportation systems, Observatory Park, and the occupations of the residents of University Park. Kessler also discusses World War II efforts in the neighborhood including removing iron lampposts along Warren Ave. to use for scrap metal and the practice of planting Victory gardens in the vacant lots on...

Oral History Interview with Frances Hayes, 1986

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Identifier: M054.01.0001.00023
Overview Frances Hayes of 3343 E. Colorado Avenue (and formerly of 2181 S. Clayton Street), Denver, Colorado shares her memories about the University Park area of Denver including attending church services at Old Main, now University Hall, on the University of Denver campus before the United Park Methodist Church was built. She notes that Sunday school classes were held both at the Iliff School of Theology and in Old Main at this time. Hayes also talks about her summer wedding ceremony in Wasser Chapel...

Oral History Interview with Frayda Ornsten, 1978 July 17

 Item
Identifier: B098.01.0002.00038
Overview Frayda Lynn Ornsten (née Blumberg) discusses her childhood, including the Jewish environment, schooling, and family gatherings. She also discusses her two marriages and her education and career in the field of special education. She talks about her father, Ben Blumberg, and her relationship with him. She reflects on changing attitudes, roles, goals of youth, and her philosophy of life. Went to the University of Denver.

Interview Index notes in Release file B098.01.0022.0003

Oral History Interview with Helen Driscoll, 1986

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Identifier: M054.01.0001.00010
Overview Helen Driscoll discusses commercial and residential development in the University Park area of Denver, Colorado since 1950 and affirms that the residents were chiefly legal, medical, and academic professionals. She describes the activities of the University Park Guild, which was closely associated with the University Park Methodist Church, and the University Park Book Review. She also discusses changes that took place in the neighborhood, including the change in public transportation from the...

Oral History Interview with Jean Blackledge, 1986

 Item
Identifier: M054.01.0001.00003
Overview Jean Blackledge discusses changes that took place in the University Park neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, since her move to the area in 1958 including the increase in the number of commercial businesses, the increase in the amount of traffic in the neighborhood, and the growth of trees and other vegetation. Blackledge affirms that University Park residents are mostly professionals including doctors, lawyers, and professors who work at the University of Denver.