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Coterie Records

Identifier: ARL176

Scope and Contents

1.5 linear feet of organizational records, flyers, clippings, and programs from 1976 to 2015. Also contains research on African American history from 1900s to 1930s. One AVBox of Coterie VHS tapes and DVDs from 1996 to 2015. One PhotoBox of color photographs and negatives of Coterie meetings and events from the 1980s through 2015. One OVBox containing an award from 2017.


  • 1915-2017, bulk 1990-2015

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Coterie is a cultural club organized in 1915 by a group of thirteen young women as a venue for local African-American women to learn, discuss current events, and form long-lasting friendships. The group became inactive for awhile, but was re-organized in 1923. Membership is limited to twenty women and the purpose was to "increase our knowledge through books, speakers, programs, or intensive study." Coterie hosts an annual luncheon where it honors longtime members.


2 Boxes (1.5 linear feet)

1 OVBox

1 AVBox

1 PhotoBox

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Clementine W. Pigford, 2004.

Gift, unknown donor, circa 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205