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Marietta Cassell Bakewell Papers

Identifier: M1746

Scope and Contents

Collection contains radio scripts written by Bakewell as the May Department Stores Company (Denver, Colo.) commentator for the radio program, The Human Interest Story of Merchandise. Scripts focus primary on fashion and apparel, also include historical narratives and references to Colorado mining, David May, founder of the May Company, visiting nurses, Mary Breckenridge, and Florence Nightingale. Microfilm contains Bakewell's unpublished memoirs: Another Pilgrim's Progress. Collection also available on microfilm (C MSS Mflm6).


  • 1934-1977


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Marietta Cassell Bakewell (1898-1989) was the granddaughter of Henry Cordes Brown, founder of the Brown Palace Hotel (Denver, Colo.). Bakewell also worked as a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, commentator on Denver (Colo.) radio station, KOA and as a pioneer television hostess on KFEL-TV (DuMont affiliate). She was a public relations representative for the Junior League, Denver Dumb Friends League, Red Cross and Central City Opera House Association. He second husband, Jerry Vasconcells, was Colorado's only flying ace during World War I. After his death in 1950 she married George Bakewell, Jr., a Denver, Colorado advertising executive.


1 envelope

2 microfilm reels (35mm) (microfilm reel 2 is a copy)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Hughes and Nancy Bakewell, 2003. Gift, Marietta Cassell Bakewell, 1979 (memoirs).


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Uncontrolled Related/Analytical Title

Another pilgrim's progress.

Finding Aid for the Marietta Cassell Bakewell Papers
Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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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