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Harriet Robinson Butcher Papers

Identifier: ARL183

Scope and Contents

Collection includes materials about Harriet Butcher's personal and professional life from the 1930's until 2017: photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications, newsletters, articles, and audio-visual material. Materials are arranged chronologically.


  • circa 1930-2017


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

Harriett Elizabeth Robinson Butcher was born in Denver, Colo. on October 29, 1923 to parents James and Agnes Hogan Robinson. In 1925, her mother died from ptomaine poisoning. Harriet and her brother James Robinson Jr. went to live with relatives in St. Paul Minn. and Cheyenne, Wyo. James Robinson Sr. worked for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. Harriet returned to Denver after the death of her aunt and attended Denver Public Schools including Whittier Elementary School, Manual High School and Emily Griffith Opportunity School. While working at the Welton Street Café, she met Charles Wesley Butcher. Charles and Harriet were married on March 2, 1947 and had three children: Charles Jr., Earl and Angela. Harriet was a tap dancer and instructor. She founded the Park Hill Tappers and was active in the Denver and Five Points community. She appeared in several documentaries about tap and Jazz and once appeared with Sammy Davis Jr. at the Roxy Theater. She was awarded the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture. She worked for the American National Bank as a safe deposit clerk, for the City and County of Denver as an accounting clerk in the Department of Social Services and in advertising. She died on March 26, 2017.


2 Boxes

1 Audiovisual box

1 oversize folders

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Harriet Butcher, 2000.


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