Category Archives: Historical Object of the Month

Peryle Hayutin Beck

Peryle Hayutin Beck (b.1915-d.2006) was the primary founder of the Ira M. and Peryle H. Beck Memorial Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History at the University of Denver. This year marks the 100th anniversary of her birth. For nearly thirty … Continue reading

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Oberfelder Concert Series and Marian Anderson

Pioneer impresario Arthur M. Oberfelder organized his concert management agency in 1917 and soon became the exclusive Denver manager of all stage presentations on tour. In 1915, he wed Denver native Hazel Marx at a ceremony performed by Rabbi William Friedman … Continue reading

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Phi Epsilon Phi Letter Sweater

The years between World War I and into the 1960s were the heyday for student organizations and activities in American college and universities. This letter sweater belonged to a member of one of many such organizations – Phi Epsilon Phi, … Continue reading

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Laura Wait’s “Volute” and Process Materials

Volute (2008) is a unique artists’ book in a series of 9 by book artist Laura Wait. Volute uses solar plate intaglio, collograph, handwriting, and painting. In 2010, Wait agreed to donate process materials related to her works in book arts to … Continue reading

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Mabel Wickham Allen’s Performance Dresses

Mabel Wickham Allen (b. 1912-d.2003) was born in Oberlin, Kansas and moved to Colorado to become a student at both Colorado Women’s College (CWC) and the University of Denver (DU) Lamont School of Music in the late 1920s. When she … Continue reading

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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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