H. TED RUBIN PAPERS
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings and legislation comprise the bulk of the collection. Ranging from 1948 to 2012, the materials document Rubin's professional career. Personal materials include awards and certificates from organizations to which he belonged.
Correspondence, programs, speech transcripts, campaign materials and newspaper clippings constitute the papers of this series. The documents chronicle Rubin's Colorado career from his private law practice through his two terms as a Colorado State Representative, his two terms as a Denver Juvenile Court Judge and his work for the Denver-based Institute for Court Management. Also included are papers related to Rubin's teaching engagements and his numerous publications.
In the subseries for Rubin's publications, titles of some of his works are included, but the actual materials consist of correspondence, reviews or articles about the works, not the actual text of the works.
Correspondence, certificates and memberships comprise this series. The papers document Rubin's awards, friends, his education and his membership in organizations.
Arranged by career category, black-and-white and color photographs document Rubin's positions as Colorado State Representative, Denver Juvenile Court Judge, educator and Juvenile Justice Director for the Institute for Court Management. One black-and-white photograph shows Rubin with his wife, Bunny.
Three reel-to-reel videotapes comprise this series. The videotapes contain interviews with Rubin and with Rudy Sanfilippo (Director of Court Services, Denver Juvenile Court). As of 2010, it was not possible to view the tapes due to the lack of the appropriated technological services at Denver Public Library.
The collection is open for research.
Literary and copyrights - as appropriate - have been assigned to the Denver Public Library.
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H. Ted Rubin was born January 18, 1926 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The son of an optometrist, Rubin graduated in 1943 from Harrisburg's William Penn High School. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. After the war, he attended Pennsylvania State University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1948. Rubin received a Master's degree in Social Service Administration in 1950 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he worked in Children's Service as a social worker. While working at the Illinois Children's Home and Aid Society, Rubin earned a law degree from Chicago's DePaul University in 1956. He moved to Colorado and worked in the Children's Psychiatric Clinic at the University of Colorado Medical Center until he passed the bar exam in 1956.
Rubin practiced law from 1957 to 1965. He was elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives in 1960 where he served two terms. In 1964, the Colorado Legislature, in response to increasing caseloads, created an additional judgeship and Rubin was elected Denver Court Juvenile Justice to serve alongside Judge Philip B. Gilliam, who had served as the sole Denver Court Juvenile Justice from 1940 until 1964. In 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juvenile proceedings should require the same due process of law as adult proceedings. Rubin worked with Colorado legislators to create the Colorado Children's Code. Enacted in 1967, the state’s first such Code became regarded as one of the most progressive in the nation.
As a judge, Rubin instituted programs designed to afford a wider range of treatment alternatives for children. He started two juvenile halfway houses in Denver's Capitol Hill; instituted work-release programs; managed a U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare grant to study glue-sniffing in juveniles; and began a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program for Denver that worked with the Court's probation staff. Rubin also persuaded the Colorado Outward Bound School to begin a rehabilitation program aimed at urban youth charged with crimes.
Segments of the Denver community complained that Rubin was not "tough enough" on crime. Police, school officials and the Rocky Mountain News mounted a campaign to remove him from office. In 1970, Denver citizens voted not to retain him in his position as Denver Juvenile Court Judge.
In 1971, a newly formed national entity focused upon court improvement, the Institute for Court Management, headquartered in Denver, hired Rubin as juvenile justice director. From 1971 until mid-1992, he conducted national workshops and studies of juvenile justice agencies. In 1990, he was honored with the Award of Excellence of the National Center for State Courts.
During his career, Rubin authored more than 300 articles and research reports on juvenile justice and corrections, as well as six books dealing with juvenile justice policy. He also taught classes as a visiting professor in Colorado and elsewhere.
Rubin married Bunny Rosenthal of Scranton, Pennsylvania. They have a daughter, Marjorie, and a son, Steven. Their son Jefferson passed away in 1995. During his tenures as Colorado legislator and judge, they resided in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver. In 1991 they moved to Boulder, Colorado, where, as of 2013, they continue to reside.
2 Boxes (1.25 linear feet)
1 audiovisual boxes
1 photo folio
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H. Ted Rubin donated the materials in 2009. Partial funding for processing was provided by H. Ted Rubin.
Number of Boxes: 2 (1.25 linear feet)
Photographs: 1 PhotoEnvelope
Audio-Visual: 1 AVBox
- Clippings (information artifacts). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Correspondence. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Institute for Court Management.
- Judges -- Colorado -- Denver. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Juvenile courts -- Colorado -- Denver. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Juvenile justice, Administration of -- Colorado. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Office files. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Personal papers. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Proceedings. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Rubin, H. Ted -- 1926- -- Archives.
- Video recordings. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- H. TED RUBIN PAPERS
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