Category Archives: Historical Object of the Month

World War II Bomb of Remembrance

This World War II practice bomb shell, formerly a 100-pound MK 15, was used in training exercises at the Alamogordo Army Air Corps Base (today’s Holloman AFB) in New Mexico. The MK 15 is an empty shell that was originally … Continue reading

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Fine Bindings by Karen Hanmer

The University of Denver’s Special Collections and Archives holds several of Chicago-based book artist and binder Karen Hanmer‘s fine bindings. These books are part of our Fine Press and Artists’ Books Collection. Fine binding is a type of bookbinding that … Continue reading

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NJH Stained Glass Window

The leaded stained glass window pictured at the left featured a Star of David design and formed part of the decoration in the Lewisohn Chapel at the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives (NJH). The chapel was built in 1909, and … Continue reading

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Woodstock West Journal

This month’s historical object is a composition notebook filled with the eyewitness account of a University of Denver (DU) History professor, J. Donald Hughes. Hughes filled the notebook during the course of one day (May 14, 1970) during a student protest … Continue reading

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Vaudeville Poster with the Bercu Sisters

Dorothy Bercu was born in Douglas, Wyoming, on June 14th, 1917 to George and Olive Bercu. Her father was a Jewish immigrant from Romania, and her mother hailed from Minnesota. The American West provided many economic opportunities for Eastern European … Continue reading

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DU Anthropology Professor E.B. Renaud’s 1922 Field Notebook

Etienne B. Renaud (1880-1973) was a professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver from 1920-1948. Born in Paris, France, Renaud emigrated to the United States to study anthropology in 1907. He moved to Colorado due to interest in the history … Continue reading

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University of Denver Football Jersey and Helmet

The University of Denver played football from the 1880’s to 1961 when the sport was dropped. Hilltop Stadium where the team played was later demolished in the early 1970’s. Special Collections and Archives houses an extensive collection of football game day programs as well as several football uniform pieces. Of particular interest is the small leather helmet that was used in the era before plastic helmets with face masks became the norm. Continue reading

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