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Margaret Coel Papers

Identifier: WH2077

Scope and Contents

The collection contains copies of manuscript and research notes for various books published by Coel, including Chief Left Hand (1980-1981), Eagle Catcher (1994), Ghost Walker (1996), Dream Stalker (1997), Lost Bird (1999), Spirit Woman (2000), Thunder Keeper (2001), Killing Raven (2002), Shadow Dancer (2002), Eye of the Wolf (2004), Wife of the Moon (2004), Drowning Man (2006), Girl with Braided Hair (2007), Blood Memory (2008), and Goin' Railroading (1985). The collection also contains drafts of articles and short stories; texts for lectures; professional papers; historical research; correspondence; scrapbooks (1959-1961, 1973-1974, 1981, 1986); interviews; photographs; videotapes (1981-2006), audio tapes and CD-Roms (1995-2007); promotional posters; and digital documents.


  • 1938-2020


Language of Materials

Material is in English and Arapaho.

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

Margaret Coel was born in Colorado in 1937 to Sam and Margaret Speas. She attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and lived in Alaska before returning to Colorado. Coel has worked as a reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera, the Westminster Journal, and the Milwaukee Tribune. She has written both fiction and non-fiction, and is well known for the Wind River mystery series, which takes place on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Coel also received acclaim for her book "Chief Left Hand," a biography and history of Arapaho peoples in Colorado.

Ms. Coel has also published articles on the West that have appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, American Heritage of Invention and Technology, Creativity!, and many other publications. Speaking engagements on the people and places she loves best have taken her around the country and as far away as Australia.


20.5 box(es)

1 audiovisual envelope(s)

1 oversize box(es)

1 oversize file folder(s)

6 megabyte(s)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Margaret Coel, 2008, 2020


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Revisions: Laura Ruttum Senturia
(Revisions May 2021, August 2022)
Description rules
Anglo American Cataloguing Rules
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States