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Ina J. N. Durfee Papers

Identifier: M1961

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a 1928 letter between Ina J. N. Durfee and her friend, Clara L. Fullerton as well as three photographs of Ina J. Nagel with other students dating from approximately 1900 during her time at Wolfe Hall. Included are four drafts of the fictionalized story about her life as a young girl in Black Hawk, Colorado: "A Colorado Childhood" and an introduction to the story by the Colorado writer, Sandra Dallas.


  • 1928, circa 1960


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Ina J. Nagel was born in Denver, Colorado in 1882. She spent her early childhood in Black Hawk, Colorado the setting for her story "A Colorado Childhood" before attending Wolfe Hall, an Episcopal women's seminary originally located on Clarkson Street, between 13th (Thirteenth) and 14th (Fourteenth) Avenues in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver. In 1903 she married the writer Edward Calvin Durfee (b.1874) and spent most of the rest of her life living on the east coast in New York City until her death in Alexandria, Virginia in 1981 at the age of 99.


1 envelope

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Sandra Dallas, 2007.


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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