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Helen Marie Douglas Papers

Identifier: ARL229

Content Description

The collection contains awards, photographs, certificates, programs, and biographical information dating between 1964 and 2002.


  • 1964-2002, undated


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

Helen Marie Douglas was born in Milton, Oklahoma on September 8, 1918. She attended Arkansas Baptist College and the University of Northern Colorado. She was the President of the Denver Park Hill Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 13 years and worked as a federal employee until retirement in 1972. She also served as the Treasurer for the AARP/CRSEA Denver Metro Area Council from 2000-2001 and as the Colorado District Coordinator from 1992-1996. On January 9, 1995 she was recognized by Colorado State Senator Gloria T. Tanner for aiding in the successful election of the First African American woman to serve in the Colorado State Senate. She served on the Black Advisory Committee for Governor Roy Romer, Mayor Federico Pena, and Representative Tim Wirth. She was also active in The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Delta Women’s Club, Urban League Guild, the Shorter AME Church, American Association of Retired Persons, and the Greater Park Hill Community, Inc. She was married to Issic Douglas. She died on December 19, 2008.


2 Boxes (2 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, unknown donor, unknown date.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Script of description

Repository Details

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

2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205