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Colorado College Special Collections contains more than 400 manuscript collections, including diaries, the Helen Hunt Jackson Papers, the Colorado Springs Century Chest Collection, and other primary sources.

To find them, search the Tutt Library Online Catalog. You can limit your location to "Special Collections - Manuscripts" or use keywords like papers, records, correspondence, or diaries.

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Materials for Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona

Selected Finding Aids

Richard G. Beidleman Papers, 1950-1990, Parts 1-2, Ms 0272 and 0402
Richard G. Beidleman was a professor of biology at Colorado College, 1957-1988. His interests included biology, zoology, the environment, and Colorado Springs / Pikes Peak Region issues.

William A. Bell Papers, Parts 1 and 2, Ms 0257 and 0306
Wm. A. Bell was associated with the founding of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Durango, and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.

Rosemae Wells Campbell Papers, 1950-1990, Ms 0341
Rosemae Wells Campbell was a librarian at Colorado College and the author of several books.

Mary A. Chenoweth Collection, 1919-2005, Parts 1-3, Ms 0368, 0369, and 0369A
Mary Chenoweth taught art at Colorado College from 1953 to 1983. A prolific artist, she was proficient in many art media, including sculpture; woodcarving and woodcut; silkscreen; watercolor and oil painting; pen and ink drawings; etchings; collage; and her unique hand-made postcards.

Colorado Springs Century Chest Collection, 1901, Ms 0349
Letters, photographs, and other materials from the citizens of Colorado Springs in 1901.

Lillian de la Torre Papers, Ms 0346
Personal and professional correspondence, biographical materials, photographs, family history, scrapbooks, manuscripts, research materials, many on Tobias Smollett, articles written in collaboration with Lewis M. Knapp, book reviews and re-prints of articles by Colorado Springs resident, mystery writer, and playwright Lillian de la Torre; some personal and professional papers and materials belonging to George S. McCue.

Thomas Nelson Haskell Papers, 1835-1906, Ms 0013
Thomas Nelson Haskell represented the Congregational Church in the establishment of Colorado College. The collection contains material related to this period of his life as well as a variety of business and personal matters. Transcriptions of some of the family letters are available here.

Archer Butler Hulbert Papers, 1915-1974, Parts 1 and 2, Ms 0130 and 0163
Archer Butler Hulbert was a historian, author, lecturer and professor at Colorado College.

Helen Hunt Jackson Papers, 1828-1886, Parts 1-6, Ms 0020, 0156, 0315, 0348, 0351, 0353
Helen Hunt Jackson was a writer and Native American rights advocate who lived and wrote in the late 1800s here in Colorado Springs.

William S. Jackson Papers, Parts 1-4, Ms 0235, 0241, 0284, 0365
William S. Jackson served as secretary and treasurer of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in the late 1800s. He was also a banker and a trustee of Colorado College. Jackson was married to Helen Hunt Jackson and some of her papers are in this collection.

Jackson-Emery Papers, Ms 0397
Materials from the Jackson and Emery families, including a few letters between Helen Hunt Jackson and her sister-in-law Margaret Jackson, 1880-1885; six letters and notes from John dos Passos to Roland Jackson, 1916-1917; photographs of the larger Jackson family; scrapbooks of Miriam and Philip Washburn; newspaper clippings; and books with family inscriptions.

James Hutchison Kerr Papers, 1882-1919, Ms 0081
Kerr was a Colorado College educator in chemistry, biology and mining and metallurgy in the late 1800s. His journals and scrapbooks of clippings, photographs, correspondence, brochures and writings document the settlement days of the Pikes Peak region.

Mabel Barbee Lee Papers, 1946‑1967, Ms 0021
Mabel Barbee Lee was the Dean of Women at Colorado College from 1922 to 1929. This collection contains the manuscript of her book Cripple Creek Days (Doubleday, 1958) and more.

Inez Johnson Lewis Papers, 1899‑1959, Ms 0231
Lewis was educator and Superintendent of Schools in El Paso County, Colorado 1915-1928 and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1930-1948.

Robert M. Ormes Papers, 1923-1978, Parts 1-4, Mf 0061, 0314, 0216, 0026
Robert M. Ormes wrote several books on Colorado and Colorado railroads.

Elsie M. Palmer Letters, 1934-1950, Mf 0298 and Ms 0335
Elsie M. Palmer was the eldest daughter of William Jackson Palmer, a founder of Colorado Springs and the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.

J. Juan Reid Papers, 1908-1981, Ms 0176
Between 1928 and 1975, J. Juan Reid was a student, coach, teacher, Dean of Men, and Director of Alumni Affairs at Colorado College. He also wrote a history of CC, Colorado College: The First Century, 1874-1974, published in 1979.

Sand Creek Papers, 1861-1864, Mf 0018
In 1864, General Chivington attacked and massacred members of a Cheyenne village in south-eastern Colorado near Sand Creek. This site includes scanned images.

Mary Snow Sinton Papers, 1878-1955, Ms 0077
Mary Snow Sinton moved from New York to Colorado Springs in 1881. Her family owned the Sinton Dairy Farm.

Letters to Philip B. Stewart, 1901-1908, Ms 0028
Correspondence between President Theodore Roosevelt and Colorado businessman and politician Philip B. Stewart.

Bert Stiles Papers, Ms 0095
Bert Stiles was a writer and a Colorado College graduate who died on a bombing mission during WWII.

Marianne Stoller Papers, 1970-1995, Ms 0331
Stoller taught in Anthropology at Colorado College from 1969-1998. Materials having to do with Native American and Hispanic cultures in the Southwestern U.S., including field notes, road maps, brochures, clippings, research materials.

Alice Bemis Taylor Collection of Autographs of the British Poets, 1599-1897, Ms 0145
About 300 manuscripts and letters of British and a few American poets.

United States Japanese Relocation Center Papers/Records, 1942-1946, Ms 0011, 0221, Ms 0295, Ms 0299
Four collections from and about the World War II Relocation Center for Japanese-Americans in Granada, Colorado known as Amache.

Edmond C. Van Diest Papers, 1878-1950, Ms 0233
E.C. van Diest (1865 - 1951) was friend and consulting and construction engineer to General Palmer (father of Colorado Springs). When Palmer died, van Diest was asked to remain as consulting engineer to Colorado Springs. Among his accomplishments are Monument Valley Park, Glen Eyrie, and the bronze statue of General Palmer at the intersection of Platte and Nevada. He was also a trustee for Colorado College. The collection includes: papers, letters, reports, pamphlets, ledgers and journals, deeds, stocks, publications, addresses, bound copy books and maps and drawings.

Ann H. Zwinger Papers, 1971-2004, Ms 0323
Manuscripts, correspondence, drawings, illustrations, photographs, slides, field notes, note cards, articles, reviews, and maps documenting the career of Ann Haymond Zwinger, noted author and naturalist.


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