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Auburn Edgar "Ed" Benton, Jr. Papers

Identifier: WH2515

Content Description

The collection is comprised of correspondence, clippings, and legal research from A. Edgar "Ed" Benton Jr.'s time as a Denver Public Schools Board of Education member. The majority of the papers are related to school segregation, integration, and busing at DPS during the 1960s and 1970s. Material dates span from 1954-1990.


  • 1954-1990


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

Auburn Edgar "Ed" Benton, Jr. (7/12/1926-1/24/2022) was a lawyer and member of Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education (1961-1969). Benton was born in in Colorado Springs in 1926. Benton graduated from Colorado College in 1950 and Yale Law School in 1953. He also received an honorary degree from Colorado College in 1987. Benton married Stephanie Jakimowitz in 1951, and had two children, Margrit and Mary Benton. After law school, Benton worked at Holme Roberts & Owen in Denver. He stayed at the law firm for his entire career and became managing partner. Benton served on the Colorado Commission of Higher Education (1975-1985), the Colorado Board of Ethics (1975-1998), and at the Social Science Foundation at University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies. Benton also served on the national board of Common Cause (1975-1985) and on the International Institute for Education's Rocky Mountain Regional Advisory Board. Benton died in his home in Denver in 2022.


2 Boxes (2 linear feet)


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Margrit Benton, 2023.

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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