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Otha Patrick Rice Sr. Papers

Identifier: ARL18

Scope and Contents

Includes many photographs of Five Points neighborhood (Denver, Colo.), Juneteenth memorabilia, personal correspondence, programs, marriage license, Manual High School yearbook, scrapbooks, business agreements, property information, newspaper clippings, and memorial/obituary information.


  • 1900-2007


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

Born on August 15, 1915 in Cleburne, Texas. He moved to Denver, Colorado as a young man and attended Whittier Elementary School and Manual High School. He graduated Manual High School in 1934 and attended Prairie View AM College in Texas. He married Irene H. Rice on March 18, 1937 and later married Pearl H. Rice. He was the owner of Rice's Tap Room and Oven, a Five Points business, and a civil servant for the US Postal Service. He began the first observation of Juneteenth in Denver. Juneteenth celebrated on June 19th commemorates when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free. He was a member of Cleaves Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and active in the YMCA, Colorado C.U.E.E., Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 17 and golf and investment clubs. He married Pearl Hayes and had four children Gerald, Otha Rice Jr., Norma and Audrey. He passed away on January 19, 1993.


2 Boxes (1.5 linear feet)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Pearl Rice; 2001, 2007.

Missing items

In Folder 15, 4 original photographs are missing. They have been digitized and their metadata records are represented in the collection. These items were used in the Exhibit on the 3rd floor. Please see the digital object for more information on how to access these materials online. Folder 16 Manual High School Class of 1934 50th Reunion program is missing.


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