Lawrence Donato Papers
Scope and Contents
Collection contains cCertificates, plaque, publications, photographs, shirts, baseball caps that relate mostly to the Syrian Temple No. 49 of Denver.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Lawrence Donato (1925-2010) was the second African American to be licensed to sell new and used cars in Denver, Colo. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Korean War (1950-1952). Donato was employed at Colvin Pontiac and later retired from Caldwell Kirk Mortuary after 10 years of service. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church, Syrian Temple #49, and a longtime parade marshall for Denver's MLK marches and parades.
2 Boxes (1.25 linear feet)
1 oversize folio
1 oversize folders
1 oversize box
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift; Lawrence Donato; 2002
Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.
- African American businesspeople -- Colorado -- Denver. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Inc. (Prince Hall Affiliated) -- Syrian Temple No. 49 (Denver, Colo.) -- History.
- Ephemera Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Personal papers. Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
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Denver Colorado 80205