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Identifier: WH1364


Collection contains correspondence, copies of published articles, notes, directory of social services, research articles, history of historic homes and Hispanics in Auraria in the 20th century, clippings, Colorado Heritage Magazine award, personal papers, certificates, badges, audio tapes, memorial program, high school yearbooks, material related to Mural at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church; maps of Auraria area (copies), reports and papers by Gallegos.


  • 1951-2014, 2021


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

Magdalena Gallegos was born on 10th St. in the Auraria neighborhood of Denver, Colo. She received a BA in Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado Denver (1984). Her writings have been published in Colorado Heritage. She currently counsels at the Educational Opportunity Center at the Community College of Denver. Gallegos is interested in documenting and preserving the social and cultural history of her former neighborhood through writting and oral histories. The location of her birth was orginally known as the town of Auraria. It was founded in Kansas Territory in 1858 by gold miners from Auraria, Ga. The area is bordered by the west bank of Cherry Creek to the east bank of the South Platte River, and on the south by Colfax Ave. Once a neighborhood consisting of private homes, churches and businesses, the location now contains the Auraria Campus, made up of the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD), Community College of Denver, and Metropolitan State College of Denver. The 9th St. Historic Park on the campus contains some remnants of the residential and commercial structures that used to be located in the neighborhood. Gallegos passed away on May 12, 2021.


3 Boxes

1 oversize box

1 Audiovisual box

1 oversize folder

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Magdalena Gallegos 1999, 2010, 2015. Gift, Jamie Seemiller, 2021. Gift, Bernadine Gant, 2022.


Repository also has transcripts and copies of oral histories conducted by Gallegos: Auraria remembered (OH500).
Myranda Valdez
December 2022
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Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
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Repository Details

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

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