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Cathy Donohue Papers

Identifier: WH2457

Content Description

The collection contains files dating from 1973 to 1995 that were retained by Denver City Council Member Cathy Donohue and relate to the planning of the Denver International Airport and associated public projects. Materials include agendas, applications, correspondence, meeting minutes, memos, reports, and a survey map.


  • 1973-1995

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

Cathy Donohue was the second woman ever elected to Denver City Council. She was elected to the District 10 seat in 1975. During that City Council race, Cathy Reynolds was elected as City Council's first female member. Because Reynolds won her seat outright, while Donohue won her seat after a runoff, Reynold's position was certified first.

While serving on City Council, Donohue focused on improving park maintenance, creating a more community-oriented police force, and strengthening historic preservation and downtown revitalization. Donohue was elected as City Council President three times. She resigned from her her seat on Denver City Council in February 1994, when she was appointed by Mayor Wellington Webb to serve as the Director of the Mayor's Office of Regulatory Reform. She was reappointed to that position in 1995 and 1999.


10 boxes (9.5 linear feet)

1 oversize folder

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Katie Rudolph
March 2021
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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