Category Archives: Special Collections Showcase

Barbie’s Eastern European Jewish Roots

Though introduced in 1959, Barbie’s story begins much earlier in turn-of-the-20th century Poland.  Life in Eastern Europe had become increasingly challenging for people of Jewish faith because of religious persecution and the economic restrictions.  It was in 1905 that Jacob Mosko … Continue reading

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Hidden Gems in a Treasured Collection: The Works of Rachel Szalit-Marcus

When the Beck Archives became home for the Lowenstein Family Holocaust Papers it was certain the collection would contain a wealth of rare and irreplaceable resources. However, mixed within the collection, surprises waited. The Lowenstein Family Holocaust Papers survived due to the foresight and determination … Continue reading

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“TANGIBLE THINGS / Out of a stark oblivion”: Spellbinding TOM TIT TOT

Guest Post by W. Scott Howard, University of Denver Department of English TOM TIT TOT is a unique letterpress volume of textual montage, visual art, and collaborative design and production by Susan Howe and R. H. Quaytman, the poet’s daughter. … Continue reading

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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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