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Lillian White Spencer Papers

Identifier: WH382

Scope and Contents

Collection contains manuscripts of Spencer's published and unpublished writings, including poems, song lyrics, dramas, radio scripts, articles, as well as some correspondence, magazine extracts, a scrapbook of clippings and reviews.


  • 1923-1944

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

Lilian White Spencer was a well-known Colo. poet. She was born in 1876 in Albany, N.Y., the fifth of nine children of Frederick W. and Catherine (McGurk) White. At the time of her birth, Spencer's father was a writer for and part owner of the Albany Union. Eventually the family left New York and moved to Denver, Colo. where Frederick White became an editorial writer, critic, and essayist for the Denver Post. Lilian Spencer followed her father into journalism before marrying actor, George Soule Spencer (1874-1949). During her marriage Spencer lived in New York City and her writing centered on the theater in the form of play reviews, script revisions, the writing of plays and scenarios for silent movies. She returned to Denver, Colo. after the death of her parenst and disolution of her marrige. In 1944, she and her younger brother, Frank E. White (1881-1973) sold the family home at 1490 Stuart Street in Denver and moved to Oceanside, Calif. where she died on June 23, 1953.


4 Boxes (2 linear feet)

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Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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