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Robert Curfman Papers

Identifier: WH2061

Scope and Contents

The collections contains personal and professional background information; Curfman's genealogical research notes and photocopies of family charts on the Whitehorne, Marbury, Stafford, Greene, Alexander, Petty-Alexander, Tudor, Bartrum, families; the family history of John Lloyd; correspondence related to Curfman's publications; newspaper clippings; scrapbooks; and memorabilia.


  • 1971-1986


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

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

Robert Joseph Curfman was born August 27, 1920 in Maryville, Nodaway, Missouri and died October 13, 2004 in Denver, Colorado. He was the son of Roy J. Curfman (1881 - 1967) and Edith Emily Curfman (1888 -). Robert had one brother John Curfman (1925 -).

Robert Curfman was a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio (1943), where he received a Degree in Music. Curfman went on to study at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1952) and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri (1964). From the latter he obtained a Masters Degree in Music Composition and Musicology. He worked for Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas as a Music and Fine Arts Instructor from 1953-1955. He then went to work for the Office of the City Clerk in Fort Collins, Colorado as an indexer, filer, and typist from 1958-1959. From 1971-1979, he worked as a professional genealogist and researcher. During that period, Curfman authored three books: "Curfman-Kurfman-Corfman-Korffmann Genealogy" (1971), "Petty-Pettis Genealogy: Descendants of John Petty of Springfield, Massachusetts 1688" (1974), and "The Paddock Genealogy: Descendants of Robert Paddock, of Plymouth Colony, Blacksmith and Constable 1646" (1977).


3 box(es)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, John Curfman, 2008.


Repository also has Curfman's: "The Paddock genealogy: descendants of Robert Paddock of Plymouth Colony, blacksmith and constable, 1646" (G929.2 P131cur); "The Petty-Pettis genealogy: descendants of John Petty of Springfield, Massachusetts, 1688" (G929.2 P456cur); "The Curfman-Kurfman-Corfman-Korffmann genealogy" (G929.2 C923curf).


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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Denver CO 80204 United States