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Althea Redd Papers

Identifier: ARL263

Content Description

One linear foot box of research, correspondence, and reports dated from 1972 to 2015. Papers cover a range of topics including people, events and issues important in Denver's Auraria and Five Points neighborhoods. One OVBox contains a quilt created in about 2008.


  • 1972-2015


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

Althea Brenda Redd (October 26, 1953-November 10, 2015) was an African American woman born in Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from Denver's Manual High School with honors in 1971. She was awarded a full academic scholarship to Colorado State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. After graduation, Redd was a Research Technician for the Great Plains Black Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. In October 1976, she returned to Denver to work as a Museum Technician for the Colorado Historical Society. Redd worked as a librarian at the at Auraria Library from 1981 to 2009. In 2007 she was awarded the Service Excellence Award by the University of Colorado at Denver. After her retirement in 2009, Redd volunteered at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research library for 6 years where she helped organize many exhibits and programs. Redd was a member of the Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Guild and a featured quilter in the Freedom Quilt Experience at the Denver RedLine Gallery in 2011. Redd died in Denver, Colorado in 2015.


1 box (1 linear foot)

1 oversize box

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Unknown donor; no date.

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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