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Rick Ashton Papers

Identifier: WH2239

Scope and Contents

Collection contains papers related to projects and activities undertaken during Ashton's term as City Librarian: files, notes, reports, lists, awards, photographs. Additional materials concern Ashton's professional and academic lives prior to becoming City Librarian: graduates school info, testing, correspondence, contracts, Allen County Library material and clippings, Ashton genealogy.


  • 1967-2007


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Box 3 is restricted.


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

Former Denver City Librarian (1985-2005). Born September 18, 1945 in Middletown, Ohio. Education: Harvard University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago. Former Director of the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Ind. Oversaw construction of new DPL Central Library and additional branch libraries; introduction of computers and internet into library system. Retired 2005.


3 box(es)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Rick Ashton, 2012.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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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