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Colorado State Bureau of Child and Animal Protection Records

Identifier: WH2392

Content Description

The collection contains reports, circulars, and posters created by the Colorado State Bureau of Child and Animal Protection.


  • 1901-1943


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

The Colorado Humane Society was founded in 1881 for the following purpose: "to obtain laws for the protection of children and dumb animals and to aid in enforcing such laws." After several efforts to establish the group as a state agency, the Colorado state legislature established the Colorado State Bureau of Child and Animal Protection in 1901. This change afforded the organization a much larger budget to address child and animal neglect and abuse cases outside Denver as well as within the city, and an office in the State House. The Board of Directors included the Governor, Attorney General and the Superindendent of Public Instruction.

The organization enforced schools' responsibility to provide physical exams and care for school children, encouraged "moral and humane" education within schools, and supported traveling law enforcement officers who investigated claims of abuse or neglect throughout Colorado.


1 Oversize box

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred from state and local government documents, 2017.

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition. Some papers have been repaired, and some adhesive residue has been removed from documents that were formerly adhered in pamphlet binders.


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