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Polly Baca Papers

Identifier: WH1793

Scope and Contents

Personal and business correspondence; Colorado Senate and House working files; campaign literature; speech materials; press releases; working papers for presidential campaigns; Democratic National Committee materials; family papers; photographs; political posters; audiotapes; working files from civic groups.


  • 1941-2003


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Hispanic civic leader. Born Weld County (Colo.). Graduated from Colorado State University in 1962 (B.A., political science). Began her career as an editorial assistant for a trade union newspaper in Washington, D.C. Worked on several Presidential campaigns beginning in the 1960s. Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1974. First Hispanic woman to be elected to the Colorado Senate, served 1978 until 1986. Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee from 1981 to 1989. Served as Executive Director of the Colorado Hispanic Institute, Director of the United States Office of Consumer Affairs, Regional Administrator of the General Services Administration. Inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and the National Hispanic Hall of Fame. Active in local, regional, and national civic groups.


324 Boxes

5 OVBoxes

1 oversize folder

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Polly Baca, 2003, 2013.


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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