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Alphonse Robinson Papers

Identifier: ARL164

Scope and Contents

Collection contains correspondence, awards, newspaper clippings, biographical information, event programs and information related to the Bicentennial/Colorado Centennial Celebration.


  • 1943-2000

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

Alphonse D. Robinson was born April 26, 1912 in East St. Louis, Illinois to Carrie Robinson and Allen Parks. He was one of four children, the only one to survive early childhood. He graduated from high school and attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, but did not finish. He was drafted into the army and served from 1942-1945. He married Ruth E. Collins, who died in 1998. He moved with his family to Denver in 1950 and worked for the Air Force accounting and finance center until he retired in 1969. He was an organist, choir director, pianist, and composer. A student of Marta Baloghy Teodonno, Hungarian born concert pianist. Chronicled in Choral Music by Afro American Composers, written by Evelyn Davidson White, 1981. Robinson composed "Soliloquy to a Martyred Hero" with collaborators Betty Jean McConnell Brewster and Virgil V. Rosenberger. It premiered in 1976 at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado. In 1980, he received an Honorary Doctor of Music Arts Degree from Guadalupe College in Seguin, Texas. In 1993, he received a Doctor of Human Letters from Philander Smith College. He died July 2, 2000 and is buried at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.


1 Boxes

1 oversize box

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Evelyn Brown ;2008.

Missing item

Missing item: list from donor includes Gold painting of red flowers painted by wife of the Metropolitan singer, George Shirley. It hung in the Robinson’s living room over the fireplace.


Transferred ARLM21 into collection.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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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