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McFADDEN FAMILY PAPERS

 Collection
Identifier: WH864

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Photographs and 35mm slides depicting family trips and family activities spanning 1863-1984, comprise the bulk of the collection. Numerous photographs and glass plate negatives also document a taxidermy business owned by Charles L. McFadden, Shirley McFadden's father-in-law. Family papers primarily include correspondence, ephemera and memorabilia.

SERIES 1 McFADDEN FAMILY PAPERS [1898]-1981 BOX 1-2

McFadden family papers contain memorabilia and ephemera that document Shirley McFadden's association with St. Luke's Hospital and her membership in various clubs and organizations. Limited correspondence, including letters between Shirley McFadden and Caroline Bancroft are also included. Additional papers relate to school activities of Shirley's son, Ellis McFadden.

SERIES 2 PHOTOGRAPHS 1863-1982 PHOTOBOX 1-9

Photo formats include black and white and color snapshots, large black and white prints, glass plate negatives and 35mm slides. Ten photograph albums also form a portion of the series. Slides primarily document family vacations. Numerous photographic prints, glass plate negatives and two photograph albums document the taxidermy business owned by Charles L. McFadden, Shirley McFadden's father-in-law. One additional photograph album contains wildlife photographs related to the taxidermy business. Additional prints and photograph albums document family activities, family members, houses and trips.

SERIES 3 OVERSIZE CIRCA 1900-CIRCA 1970 OVBOX 1

Numerous lithographs or prints featured in two railroad books and two scrapbooks make up this series. The first scrapbook appears to date from about 1900 to 1910 and contains newspaper clippings, advertisements and magazine illustrations. The second scrapbook primarily features playbills and programs for various Colorado musical productions staged from about 1938 to 1942.

Dates

  • 1863-1982

ACCESS:

The collection is open for research.

OWNERSHIP:

Literary and copyrights - as appropriate - have been assigned to the Denver Public Library.

Copyright

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 NOTE

Shirley McFadden (Shirley Converse Hamilton) was born in Denver, Colorado September 23, 1916, the daughter of Joseph Curry and Mary Converse Hamilton. She was a descendant of Colorado pioneers, Frederick and Sophia Converse, who emigrated to Central City, Colorado in 1860 and ran a hotel in Blackhawk, Colorado. Shirley Hamilton attended Cole Junior High School, and graduated from Denver's South High School in 1934. She graduated from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in 1937 and later earned her BS degree in sociology from Colorado A and M (now Colorado State University).

Shirley McFadden worked for many years as a registered nurse at St. Luke's Hospital and became the head nurse on the isolation unit. In addition, she worked at Denver General Hospital, where she served as assistant lead nurse and at Children's Hospital of Denver, where she was the head nurse in the infant unit. She was a member of the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club and volunteered at the Colorado Historical Society and the Museum of Nature and Science. Shirley Hamilton married Bryant L. McFadden in 1944. Their son, Ellis McFadden was born August 24, 1949. Ellis became very active in the Colorado Aids Project and other human rights organizations. Bryant passed away in 1983. Shirley McFadden died December 20, 2003.

Extent

5 box(es)

9 photo box(es)

1 oversize box(es)

1 photo box(es)

Language of Materials

English

PROVENANCE:

Gift, Shirley McFadden, 1988, 1991, 2003.

SELECTION OF RELATED MATERIAL

The Western History/Genealogy Department has additional collections with material related to Shirley McFadden and the McFadden family, including:

Ellis McFadden Papers WH638

W.R. McFadden and Son, Taxidermists catalog is part of the Denver Public Library Trade Catalogs Collection

SEPARATED MATERIAL

One box of papers was transferred to collection WH638 Ellis McFadden Papers

An 1881 edition of Harpers Weekly was transferred to the Western History Collection

SIZE:

Number of Boxes: 2 (1 linear foot)

Number of PhotoBoxes: 9

Oversize: 1 OVBox

LOCATION:

WH864

PROCESSED BY:

Dennis Hagen

December 2011

PROJECT MANAGER:

Abby Hoverstock

Title
McFADDEN FAMILY PAPERS
Date
DECEMBER 2011
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

Contact:
10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States