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Women in Colorado: hidden faces oral history project

Repository: Boulder Public Library. Carnegie Branch Library for Local History

Collection Description (CRHP): Interviews relevant to civil rights of African Americans include:

Mae Craig Crowell (OH0117): 1 tape, 75 minutes. Migration of population of Nicodemus, Kansas to new black community near Manzanola, Colorado--1915; farming; teaching; recreation; clubs; marriage. Interviewed by Sarah Jacobus, May 31, 1976.

Sarah Cousins Sims (OH0107 and OH0108). 2 tapes, recorded on January 25, 1977, by Sarah Jacobus. Mrs. Sims talks about her move to Denver with her family from Atchison, Kansas in 1909 and the family's life in the Groveville neighborhood, the racial and cultural diversity of that neighborhood, her involvement in the YWCA, her work experiences, and her involvement in attempts to break down segregation practices in Denver during World War II. Online audio, as well as a transcript of the first tape (OH0107) and an abstract of the second (OH0108) are available at

Collection Description (Extant): The purpose of this project was to provide Coloradans with exposure to the 'missing half' of state history and to reassure women that they are very much part of history, stimulate community interest and involvement in women's history.

The first objective of the 'Hidden Faces' project was to prepare a touring graphic exhibit on the lifestyles and experiences of representative women of Colorado, rather than 'famous' women who have already received recognition for their contributions in the development of Colorado.

The project started in December, 1975, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, with a supporting grant from the Colorado Historical Society. The exhibit was first shown in June, 1977.

The sixty indexed tapes in the 'Hidden Faces' collection consist of interviews with women living in all parts of Colorado. The tapes were gathered over a one-year period. Most of the interviews were with women over seventy years of age, who have recollections of life in Colorado before 1920. There are a few interviews with younger women in southwestern Colorado, discussing local health care for women. The collection also has several taped interviews with men.

Access Copy Note: Tapes may be used at the Boulder Public Library. Audio for most tapes has been digitized and is available online.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1976-1977

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: OH0107, OH0108, OH 0117

Extent: Sixty tapes

Language: English

Interviewees: Mae Craig Crowell, Sarah Cousins Sims

Rights (Extant): All interviews are copyrighted to The Maria Rogers Oral History Program. Researchers may quote portions of interviews in non-commercial projects, unless otherwise noted. Proper credit should be given (for format, see Copyright). No part of the interviews


African American women civil rights workers--Colorado
African Americans--Colorado
African Americans--Education
African Americans--Social life and customs
Discrimination in employment
Discrimination in housing
Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.


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