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Identifier: CONS217


The collection contains Joy Hilliard's personal correspondence and papers related to her donations to the Conservation Library at the Denver Public Library as well as land transactions for conservation purposes. Mailings from non-profit organizations and subject files on conservation issues are also included. The oversize items consist of maps, posters, and memorabilia.

The collection spans the period between 1947 and 2005 with some undated material.

SERIES 1 PAPERS 1947-2005 BOX 1

Series one includes personal correspondence, memorabilia, materials related to the Conservation Library donation, materials related to land transactions, mailings from non-profit organizations, and subject files with information about conservation issues.

Land transaction materials concern two properties. The first, known as the War Eagle Lode, was purchased by Joy Hilliard and donated to the Nature Conservancy which transferred it to the U.S. Forest Service for inclusion in the Eagle’s Nest Wilderness area. The second property, located on the North Fork of the Cache La Poudre River, included Phantom Canyon and some adjoining areas. In 1983, the owner, Carl Judson, tried to create a partnership to preserve most of the property as wilderness while developing the remainder. Materials related to this property include the partnership prospectus, correspondence with Judson, a message about Phantom Canyon from Governor Lamm to the Colorado General Assembly, and a related report and magazine article.

Mailings from conservationist and other non-profit organizations comprise the bulk of the series. They include thank you letters, requests for donations, publications, and informational materials.

Subject files consist of news clippings and other materials about conservation issues, primarily in Colorado during the 1970s and 1980s. Topics include the Mission Viejo residential development at Phipps Highland Ranch, the Marble Winter Sports Area development, and other land preservation and water rights issues.

SERIES 2 OVERSIZE 1948-1999 OVFF 1-2

Oversize materials consist of maps of the Himalayas and Canada, a poster inscribed to Joy Hilliard by Sir Edmund Hillary, posters from environmental organizations, brochures from a 1948 ballet performance, two issues of Flair magazine, and photographs of Joy Hilliard fly fishing in Chile.


  • 1947-2005


The collection is open for research.


The Joy Hilliard Papers are the physical property of the Denver Public Library. Literary rights and copyrights have been assigned to the Denver Public Library for a portion of the collection.


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.


Joy Hilliard was born in 1924 in Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, the daughter of Murray and Helen Rushmore. She attended Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut, and Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. On October 20, 1951, she married Edward Hobbs Hilliard, Jr., a Denver industrialist, outdoorsman, and devoted conservationist. They had three children, Byron, M. Hobbs, and Helen.

Joy Hilliard and her husband played a leading role in preserving Colorado open space until Ed Hilliard's death in a mountain climbing accident on August 15, 1970. After his death, Joy Hilliard continued to work as a conservationist and philanthropist, playing an important role in the preservation of Phantom Canyon on the North Fork of the Cache La Poudre River. Joy also established the Hilliard Room for the Conservation Library at the Denver Public Library. She has served as a board member and trustee for Trout Unlimited, the Silver Trout Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and Colorado Outward Bound. She enjoys fly-fishing and has climbed all 54 of Colorado’s Fourteeners (mountain peaks over 14,000 feet high). As a result of her preservation work, she received the Ed Hilliard Memorial Award in 1995 and the Colorado Open Lands Cranmer Award in 1999.


1 Boxes (1 linear feet)


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The materials in the collection were donated by Joy Hilliard mainly between 1989 and 2002.


The Western History/Genealogy Department has additional collections with material donated by and related to Joy Hilliard including:

The Edward Hobbs Hilliard, Jr. Papers CONS119


Number of Boxes: 1

Oversize: 2 OVFF




Ann Hunter

August, 2007


Ellen Zazzarino

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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