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Elliot Alonzo Draine Papers

Identifier: ARL205

Content Description

Collection contains photographs, awards, certificates, ephemera, and a family bible.


  • 1866-1980

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

Elliot Alonzo Draine was born June 30, 1910 to parents Alonzo W. and Susan Rowan Draine in Keokuk, Iowa. He had one brother Milford R. Draine. Elliot Draine attended the University of Iowa and received an A.B. degree in 1932 and received an A.M. degree from the University of Denver in 1941. He married Louise Black of Denver, Colorado. He worked as a school principal, social worker, newspaper circulation manager in Missouri before moving to Denver. In Denver, he worked for the Denver Housing Authority and for the Denver County Court. He was also very active in civic and community organizations on the U.S.O Operating Committee, the Glenarm Y.M.C.A, Urban League of Denver, Denver Unity Council, Denver Tuberculosis Society, and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Louise Draine passed away on February 7, 1980. Elliot Draine passed away on April 1, 1982.


2 Boxes

2 photo boxes

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, donor unknown, date unknown.

Condition Description

Many of the photos in Photobox1 and 2 are brittle. The Holy Communion certificate in box 1 needs to be flattened. The family bible in Box 2 is fragile. The spine has broken off as well.


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