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Meldrum Family Papers

Identifier: WH374

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence (1896-1945); clippings (1895-1923); photographs (ca.1896); souvenir postcards and booklets; tin types; newspaper clippings (n.d.); greeting cards (n.d.); railway pamphlets (1900); Judge John W. Meldrum obituaries (1935).


  • 1889-1945


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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

Judge John W. Meldrum was born in Caledonia, N.Y. in 1843 and moved west in 1868. He was Secretary of Wyo. Territory (1889-1890) and then acting governor when the state was admitted to the Union in 1890. Meldrum was also the first United States Commissioner of Yellowstone National Park (1894-1935). He owned ranches near LaPorte, Colo. and Laramie, Wyo. Meldrum died in 1935.


1 box (.5 linear feet)

1 photo box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Myrne Downie Shoemaker, 1971.

Separated Materials

Publications transferred to WHG: K Company: First Regiment Infantry National Guard of Colorado, 1893 Colorado: some pictures and a few facts, 1898 Yellowstone pamphlets Yellowstone flower press book Warner’s Safecure Almanac for 1890 Warner’s Safecure Almanac for 1886 Denver Republican Almanac and Reference Book, 1892 Colorado Voters’ Manual, 1894 Voyaging to Sunny Climes, Southern California Tours The Land of Geysers, Yellowstone Park Season 1906, Northern Pacific Yellowstone Park And How It Was Named Yellowstone Park pamphlet published by Yellowstone Park Association Hotels National Platforms by the Union Pacific System A Short and Truthful History of Colorado During the Turbulent Reign of Davis the 1st The Monthly Book Review, 1910


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.


Collection incorporates former Photo Collection #2004.121.

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Repository Details

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

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Denver CO 80204 United States