HAL HANEY PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Hal Haney's papers document aspects of his life in Colorado, primarily his interest in Colorado tourism. Haney's column Haney Highlights from the 1950s and other travel articles by Haney are included. Papers from Haney's work as Assistant Director and Director of the Colorado Office of Tourism include correspondence, performance reviews, and newspaper clippings. Tourism workshop agendas and correspondence from Haney's business, Hal Haney Associates, are also included. Minutes, pamphlets, and business papers from Historic Denver, Inc., the Bellevue-Hale Neighborhood Association, and the Temple Emanuel Foundation, organizations to which Haney dedicated his time, form part of the collection. Few personal papers of Haney's exist, but his interest in harpsichords and the history of Colorado and his home at 1440 Ash are evident.
In the more than thirty years that Haney worked for the State of Colorado Tourism Office, he advanced from Assistant Director of Tourism to Director. Job performance reviews, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and Colorado promotional materials comprise the series.
Correspondence from the Society of American Travel Writers and Colorado tourism articles written by Haney are included in the series.
The series contains Haney’s column
Haney’s Highlights in the Denver Advertising Club’s newsletter, which highlighted one person in the Denver advertising community. Denvertising is arranged chronologically.
After Haney retired from the Colorado Office of Tourism, he started his own company. The State of Colorado did not have enough money in its budget to continue supporting a workshop in tourism for Colorado towns, so Haney continued the project on a contract basis. Correspondence, class syllabi and agendas related to tourism workshops make up the series.
The series contains the papers of community organizations to which Haney belonged and donated his time. Haney was founder and held leadership positions with Historic Denver, Inc., the Bellevue-Hale Neighborhood Association, and the Temple Emanuel Foundation. The series reveals Haney’s role in the organizations with meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and newsletters.
Haney collected material associated with Colorado tourism. Information on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, tourism-related organizations, and Colorado pamphlets are included chronologically.
Haney’s personal papers include correspondence with friends and about his interests, such as harpsichords and history.
Commemorative Colorado coins, Colorado gold ingots (replicas), and a ceramic Colorado seal are included in the series. No indication as to the origin of the objects exists, but presumably, the Colorado Office of Tourism aided in their creation.
The series contains b/w photographic images that document various tourism and publicity projects.
The series consists of two Colorado seals and a Colorado flag
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Hal Haney was born May 23, 1928 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania where he attended public schools. He received higher education at the University of Colorado, Strayer-Bryandt-Stratton, the Maryland Institute of Art, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Community College of Denver. Additionally, he took professional short courses and tourism promotional workshops around the world. From 1946 to 1947 he worked as Assistant to the President of the Louis E. Schecter Advertising Agency in Baltimore, Maryland. After 1947, he continued advertising work in different capacities in film as a copywriter and as a director.
In the 1950s, Haney moved to Denver, Colorado, where he wrote a column for the Denver Advertising Club's newsletter, Denvertising titled Haney Highlights. The Colorado Office of Tourism hired Haney in 1952 as an Assistant Director, and in 1972, the office promoted him to Director. In 1980, the Office of Tourism abolished Haney's job. After a bout of controversy between the Colorado Office of Tourism and the community, he returned to his job in 1982 and continued working until he retired in 1984.
In 1984, he started Haney Associates, a consulting company that presented workshops for small Colorado communities interested in promoting tourism. Haney won numerous awards for his achievements and skills in tourism and sat on boards related to Colorado tourism, such as the Governor's Tourism Task Force and the Colorado Tourism Board.
Haney participated in community activities such as the National Cerebral Palsy Society, which he founded and incorporated in 1948. He then founded and directed the Colorado School for Handicapped Children in 1949. In 1970, Haney became helped to found Historic Denver, Inc., which was created to preserve the Molly Brown House, then threatened with destruction. Haney also founded the Bellevue-Hale Neighborhood Association in the late 1970s and later acted as President in the 1980s.
In a 1984 description of his professional activities, Haney wrote that he had been: Founder of Governor's Colorado Tourism Conference; founder and former President and Chairman of Board of Trustees, Historic Denver, Inc.; course creator for How to Increase Tourism Profits and instructor at Arapahoe College; founder and former President, Four Corners Regional Tourism Organization, Inc., member and co-chairman 1984 conference of Society of American Travel Writers; member, The Travel Research Association; chairman, Denver Public Schools Recreational and Travel Steering Committee; creator and instructor Tourism Workshops and Tourism Host Schools held in communities throughout Colorado.
Haney died July 30, 2001. An article in the Denver Post commemorated Haney's vibrant personality, his interest in history, and his love for entertaining in his home at 1440 Ash Street. Neighbors, friends and acquaintances remembered Haney most for his harpsichord playing. He started the International Harpsichord Society and a related magazine.
5 boxes (4.5 linear feet)
1 OVFolio, 1 OVBox
Other Finding Aids
Marjorie DellaCroce, Haney's sister, donated the papers June 15, 2002. The Gill Foundation provided the funding for the processing of this collection.
Serials and publications transferred to Western History/Genealogy include:
- Historic Denver News
- Neighborhood News: Newsletter of the Denver Planning Office
- Denver Neighborhood Connection: the Newsletter of the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation
- Planning Towards the Future: a Comprehensive Plan for Denver
Items transferred to the Colorado State Archives, Tourism Collection include:
- Colorado Advertising and Publicity, two account books, 1960-1964
- Colorado Advertising and Publicity, three minute books, 1965-1969
- Colorado Advertising and Publicity scrapbook
- Colorado Advertising and Publicity film reels: Ghost Town, Hunting and Fishing, Sunset Slope of the Colorado Rockies, Sunrise Slope of the Colorado Rockies, Dudin
Number of boxes: 5 (4.5 linear feet)
Oversize: 1 OVFolio, 1 OVBox
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- Administrative records. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Bellevue-Hale Neighborhood Association.
- Clippings (information artifacts). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Colorado. -- Office of Tourism.
- Correspondence. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Hal Haney Associates -- Archives.
- Haney, Harold L., -- 1928-2001 -- Archives.
- Historic Denver, Inc.
- Memorabilia. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Newsletters. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Personal papers. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Records (documents). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Temple Emanual Foundation.
- Tourism -- Colorado. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Tourism -- Government policy -- Colorado. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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