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Henry C. Brooks Correspondence

Identifier: M2280

Scope and Contents

The collection dates from 1888 to 1912, and primarily contains correspondence sent by Henry C. Brooks to his son Nathaniel and his friends and business partners, Mr. and Mrs. Dunbar. Also included is a letter sent by J. Lewis to Brooks as well as a contract agreement and declaration of trust between Brooks and H.P. Bristol dated between April 30, 1887-May 1888.

The bulk of the correspondence details Brooks' investments in real estate, mining, coal, lumber, and jewelry industries around Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, and Missouri. Brooks owned real estate interests in the Denver area, including 160 acres located in Arapahoe County (Township 4 South, Range 67 West); four lots in Block 145 of the Clements Addition (Lots 17, 18, 19, 20) in Denver; 10 acres with water rights in North Denver that Brooks turned into a fruit ranch and garden; two lots in Block 142 of the East Denver subdivision; 80 acres of property in West Denver; and two lots in H.C. Brown's Addition on Lincoln Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets in Denver. Brooks held mining interests in the Regent Mine in Aspen, Colorado, and the Silver Monument Mine in Chloride, New Mexico. He also briefly owned interests in a jewelry business in Denver called Hatch Davidson & Co., which was subsequently renamed to Brooks Davidson & Co.


  • April 30, 1887-July 20, 1912


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Henry Coleman Brooks was born on April 12, 1836, in Massachusetts, to Otis Brooks and Beulah Eddy. He married Irene C. Putnam on January 7, 1857, in Orange, Massachusetts. They had three children together: Stella I. Brooks, Henry Coleman Brooks, and Nathaniel Cheney Brooks.

Brooks was a businessman who held interests in real estate, mining, lumbar, coal, and jewelry properties in Colorado, New Mexico, Michigan, and Missouri. He lived at 1828 Lincoln Avenue in Denver, Colorado with his family from 1890 to 1918. He died on April 9, 1918, in Denver, and is buried at Oakhill Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


1 envelope(s)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Elizabeth L. Simmons, 2023.

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Repository Details

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

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