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Justin W. Brierly Papers

Identifier: WH2187

Scope and Contents

Collection contains assorted files from Brierly related to the McFarlane house; his donation of commemorative stamps to Columbia University; photographs; Significant books and important authors by Brierly (1963, 1964). A large collection of clippings assembled by Brierly document his early personal and family life; time at Columbia College; work as child psychologist with the Our Gang child actors in Hollywood; as a presenter on the Chautauqua lecture circuit; and his interests in Charles Brandon Booth and Judge Ben B. Lindsey.


  • 1915-1993


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Justin Brierly was born in Denver, Colo. on September 3, 1905 to a pioneer Colo. family. He attended Manual High School and was a graduate of Columbia College (1929) and the University of Denver Law School. In addition to his legal practice, Brierly worked for Denver Public Schools as a teacher and guidance counselor and established their program of college and scholarship guidance. In 1937, Brierly became the first executive manager of the Central City Opera House Association and later served on the Board of Directors, Exective Board, and eventually become an honorary trustee. He also served on the boards of many public and private organizations and gave the historic McFarlane House in Central City to the Colorado Historical Society (1976). Brierly was a friend to both Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsburg, and served as mentor to Neal Cassady; three important figures from the Beat Generation. Brierly is the character: Denver B. Doll in Kerouac's book, On the Road. He died on April 13, 1985 in Denver, Colo.


1 box

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Ed White, 2004, 2006; Transfer, 2016.


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