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Rachel Bassette Noel oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH-84

Scope and Contents

Noel talks about her childhood, family, education, marriage and her careers as a welfare worker and magazine editor; also discusses Denver public school system and a trip to African.


  • 1973


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Arrived in Denver, Colo. in 1949. In 1965, became the first African American elected to the Denver Public School board and the first black woman ever to serve elected office in Colorado. She presented the DPS board with the Noel Resolution, which asked the superintendent to develop a plan to integrate Denver's public schools. Under a cloud of threats to Noel and her family, the resolution passed in 1970.


3 sound cassettes

Other Finding Aids

Typed index available.

Other Finding Aids

Typed transcript of tape available.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession information unknown.


Produced as part of the DPL Western History/Genealogy Dept., Oral History Project.


Audio files digitized through the Collaborative Digitization Project, Denver, Colorado.

Participant or Performer Note

Interviewed by Juanita Gray and James Harlan Davis.

Finding Aid for the Rachel Bassette Noel oral history[sound recording]
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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