The Maria Rogers Oral History Program, at the Carnegie Library for Local History, is a collection of audio and video interviews with long-time residents and other people knowledgeable about the history of the city and county of Boulder in Colorado.

We are in the process of making all of our 1,800+ interviews available. Old and new interviews are added daily. Need access to an interview that has not been loaded yet? Contact us at beckers@boulderlibrary.org.

A Public Affair
Description: This collection is an archive of radio programs originally broadcast on radio station KGNU's program "A Public Affair." The interviews were conducted by Richard Kiefer.

Allenspark
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American Association of University Women Interviews
Description: The Boulder Public Library has a collection of ten tapes done by the Boulder branch of the American Association of University Women.

Arts in Boulder County
Description: Interviews about fine art, crafts, literary art, music, theater, and other performance art of all kinds

Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry
Description: The members of Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry worked for the release of Soviet Jewish "Refusniks" during the 1980s and 1990s, and then helped immigrants resettle in Boulder. This collection includes interviews with Soviet Jewish immigrants and BASJ members, including organizers, board members, host families, volunteer coordinators, and ESL tutors.

Boulder County Farmers Market
Description: This collection explores more than thirty years of the history of the Boulder County Farmers Market from its beginnings on the courthouse lawn in the 1978 to its becoming one of the more diverse and successful farmers markets in the country.

Boulder County Latino History
Description: This collection of interviews about Latinos in Boulder County consists of two parts. There is a set of earlier interviews that were collected from 1976 through the early 2000s. In 2013 the Boulder County Latino History Project gathered a wide range of information, including through oral history interviews, about the experiences and contributions of Latinos to this area over the past century. The 40+ interviews that they recorded are archived as part of this larger collection about Latino oral history. The second phase of the Boulder County Latino History Project will be to make that material widely available by developing a website, writing a book, and working with the two local school districts to incorporate Latino history and culture into teaching units.

Boulder County Parks and Open Space
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Boulder Valley School District
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Businesses
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Chautauqua
Description: Boulder's Chautauqua was organized in 1899 and is one of only a handful of Chautauquas that still operate year-round. This collection includes interviews about the history of the Boulder Chautauqua, cultural activities that are part of it, and the Chautauqua cottages.

City of Boulder Government
Description: This collection includes interviews with city managers, mayors, city council members. and with others about City of Boulder political issues.

City Planning in Boulder
Description: This collection consists of interviews conducted with the heads of the City Planning Department in Boulder. Most of the interviews were conducted on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of city planning in the city.

Climbing and Mountaineering
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Ditches
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Environmentalism
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Farming and Ranching
Description: People have been farming and ranching in Boulder County from pioneer days on. This collection documents that way of life from the late 1800s to the present day, from horse-based family farms to organic, community supported agriculture.

Feminism
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First Presbyterian Church of Boulder
Description: These interviews are part of a series that detail the history of the First Presbyterian Church of Boudlder

First United Methodist Church
Description: This series of interviews about the First United Methodist Church in Boulder was recorded to celebrate the church's sesquicentennial.

Flood of 2013
Description: These interviews document the experiences of residents, first responders, governmental officials, and others during and after the Flood of 2013. Boulder County was particularly hard hit. The storm dropped 17.5 inches of rain in the county between September 9 and September 16. The resultant flooding stranded whole communities, damaged150 miles of road, destroyed 345 houses, damaged another 557 houses, and was responsible for four deaths. This collection is a long-term project; we began interviewing late in 2013 and expect to continue to add interviews for a period of years. Check back for new interviews from time to time.

Fourmile Canyon Fire
Description: The Fourmile Canyon Fire of September 2010 destroyed 189 homes in the foothills west of Boulder. This collection includes interviews with evacuees, people who lost their homes, firefighters, and other governmental officials.

Gold Hill
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Homelessness
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Homesteading
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Industrial Mine Camp
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Jewish Community in Boulder
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KGNU
Description: This collection of interviews documents the history and workings of local public radio station KGNU.

League of Women Voters of Boulder County
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Mining
Description: This collection includes interviews about both coal mining and hard-rock mining.

Mountain Towns
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Open Space
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Post-WWII housing
Description: This collection includes interviews about post-WWII subdivision housing built in Boulder.

Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant
Description: The Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, which operated for about 50 years beginning in the early 1950s, manufactured the plutonium pit that is the explosive detonator of a hydrogen bomb. This collection examines the history of the plant from many points of view. It contains more than 150 interviews with workers, managers, regulators, protestors, and people in the surrounding community.

Schools
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Transportation
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Uncategorized
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University of Colorado
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Ward
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Water
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Western Yesterdays recordings
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Whittier Elementary School
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Women Activists
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Women in Colorado: Hidden Faces
Description: The "Hidden Faces" collection consist of interviews with women living in all parts of Colorado. Most of the interviews were with women over seventy years of age who have recollections of life in Colorado before 1920. The purpose of the project was to provide Coloradans with exposure to the "missing half" of state history and to reassure women that they are very much a part of history. The interviews were collected in the 1970s.


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Abila, Mr. and Mrs. George – OH0084
Interview Date: 1978

Topics: Boulder’s Chicano community: school, Native Americans, sheepherding, Depression (partly in Spanish).

Abila, Tom – OH0085
Interview Date: 1978

Topics: Boulder’s Chicano community: mixed neighborhood, Casey Jr. High, Goss-Grove area, Sacred Heart, prejudice, brick layer, rivalry with immigrants.

Acklin, Denzil – OH1098
Interview Date: 2002

People: Jennie Acklin Crawford, Violet Gardner, Dave Kerr, George Kupfner   Places: Superior, Industrial Mining Camp   Topics: Industrial Mining Camp, houses, boarding house, Morell farmhouse and barn, diagram showing layout of camp, fence built during mine strikes, 1938 flood … Continue reading

Acklin, Denzil and Jennie Acklin Crawford – OH1085
Interview Date: 2002

Denzil Acklin and his older sister Genevieve (Genny) Acklin Crawford grew up in the Industrial Mine camp in Superior, Colorado. Their father was a coal miner. They relate their experiences in this milieu, referring particularly to school, fun, family activities, … Continue reading

Adams, Chester – OH0253
Interview Date: 1985

Worked as cook in most of the major restaurants in Boulder.

Adams, Louise V. – OH1570
Interview Date: 2009

Louise Adams moved to the then-new Martin Acres subdivision in 1955. She describes living in Martin Acres in the 1950s and 1960s while raising a family, including the affordability and social make up of the neighborhood; nearby stores, parks and … Continue reading

Ahrens, Robert – OH1805
Interview Date: 2012

Bob Ahrens describes his thirty-year career as a guidance counselor in the Boulder Valley School District, first at Baseline Junior High and later at Boulder High School. He discusses differences between providing counseling for junior high school students versus for … Continue reading

Alice and Ron Brace – OH1268
Interview Date: 2004

DESCRIPTION Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant — Subjects: work in the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Rocky Flats Fire Department from 1993, security procedures at Rocky Flats, pride of workers in their work, the union at Rocky Flats, challenges … Continue reading

Allan, Sheldon – OH0891
Interview Date: 1997

Topics: Canfield, Erie,Crackerjack Mine in Marshall, collecting buffalo bones for neatsfoot oil, mayor of Erie 1950-1957, floods in Erie, Tanaka family, Daniel Allan, Frances Sheldon Allan  

Allen, Leah Clatworthy – OH 0090
Interview Date: 1976

Topics: Fort Morgan in 1890s; farm life; childhood games; schools, sorority life at University of Colorado, 1914; holiday celebrations; family’s involvement in town planning, women’s organizations; recreation.

Allen, Lila C. Crosson and Hazel Wilson Henson – OH0132
Interview Date: 1976

Lila and Hazel speak about Yampa Valley in the 1890s, women’s roles in 1900s along with¬† schooling, parental restrictions, the changes of women’s suffrage, and social activities.  

Altermatt, Steve – OH1598
Interview Date: 2009

Steve Altermatt began living in the Martin Acres neighborhood in 1987 and is intimately familiar with the history of the neighborhood and its housing stock because of his profession as a realtor, in which he has specialized in properties in … Continue reading

Alvarez, Teresa – OH0086
Interview Date: 1977

Teresa Alvarez speaks about Boulder’s Chicano Community in the early 20th century. She details her experiences involving Mount St. Gertrude Academy, Memorial Hospital, the town of Lafayette, her miner husband, and Sacred Heart School.

Alvarez, Teresa – OH0137
Interview Date: 1976

Teresa Alvarez has been in Colorado since 1902. In this interview she speaks about her life growing up with Mexican farm workers, and later about her marriage to a miner. She details the extent of her house work and child … Continue reading

Anderson, A.A. “Brownie” with Sam Speas – OH0822
Interview Date: 1963

Railroading in South Park, Como    

Anderson, A.A. “Brownie” with Tom Gibbony – OH0826
Interview Date: 1963

Como: railroading in South Park; engines #74 and #70.  

Anderson, A.A. “Brownie” with Tom Gibbony – OH0827
Interview Date: 1963

Como: railroading in South Park.    

Anderson, Catharine – OH0265
Interview Date: 1985

Early life in Boulder; Navy nurse in World War I.    

Anderson, Chet – OH1764
Interview Date: 2012

Chet Anderson, a Boulder native, has been farming for 30 years and is one of the founders of the 13th Street Boulder County Farmers’ Market. The market has grown since its beginning in 1987 when it included only seven farmers, … Continue reading

Anderson, Herman Conrad – OH0917
Interview Date: 1997

People: Bobby Anderson, Richard Anderson (sons, football players)   Places: Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant, Boulder home at 1710 Sunset Boulevard   Topics: Rocky Flats (chemical laboratories, safety, plutonium, gloveboxes, plutonium in duct work, clean-up), Dow Chemical Company, Rockwell International. … Continue reading

Anderson, Sue – OH1696
Interview Date: 2011

Sue Anderson, a member and past president of two League of Women Voters chapters, including the Boulder County League, discusses a wide array of subjects pertaining to the League, ranging from its role as an organization that provides intellectual stimulation … Continue reading

Anuta, Barbara – OH1519
Interview Date: 2008

Topics: Belle Bonfils Blood Bank, Elections Department in the County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, League of Women Voters, Pacesetters Award in 1996 for Community Service, re-organization of the Chautauqua Board of Directors in the mid-1970s, work at Boulder Community Hospital … Continue reading

Anuta, Karl F. – OH1520
Interview Date: 2008

Boulder Council of Churches. Boulder County Landmarks Board. Boulder History Museum. Boulder Landmarks Board. City of Boulder Landmarks Ordinance. Designation of Mapleton Hill as Landmark District. Development of Pearl Street Mall. Historic Boulder (founding, Highland School Building, Boulder Theater). Legal … Continue reading

Ara Catherine Kossler Yager – OH0326
Interview Date: 1986

Kossler Ranch: planting potatoes, corn, hay, storage cellar, making sauerkraut, smoke house   schools on ranch   salt licks for cattle   Public Service Company    

Arndt, William E. – OH1561
Interview Date: 2009

In this wide-ranging interview William Arndt discusses many aspects of the history and functioning of the First United Methodist Church of Boulder, especially the church’s music programs, architectural history, and sense of community. He describes the upheaval that the congregation … Continue reading

Arnett, Robin – OH0008
Interview Date: 1978

Flagstaff, University of Colorado, toll road up Boulder Canyon, movies, Carnegie Library, Arnett family.   Listen to CD; view transcript, summary, and supplementary material at Carnegie Branch Library.    

Arredondo, Yolanda – OH1218
Interview Date: 2003

Places: Boulder Topics: Boulder County Safehouse (also called “Safehouse: Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence”), practice of ethical communication, need for early intervention, how Safehouse creates hope, narrator’s reasons for working with Safehouse, narrator’s development as a political activist, effect of Safehouse … Continue reading

Arroyo, Patrick – OH0426
Interview Date: 1989

Lafayette: Washington Mine fire, accidents, school, games, milk delivery, illnesses Boulder: Emmett Tombstones, Casey Junior High School, dances, Christmas bonfire, Halloween, police, trolley lines, Hygienic Ice Plant, Hygienic Swimming Pool, World War II, rationing, hippies, Central Park, Pearl Street Mall, … Continue reading

Asti, Ted T. – OH1097-2
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See interview with Marge Machin and Ted Asti.

Autrey, Bill – OH1109
Interview Date: 2002

People: Fred Autrey, Zelda Hake Autrey, Emmeline Hake, Charles Autrey, James Sterling Autrey, Count Henry Autr√©, Bertha Frances Prince Autrey, Elmer Autrey   Places: Original Town Superior, Industrial Mining Camp, Lafayette   Topics: Rocky Mountain Fuel Company company store, Hake … Continue reading

Autrey, Raymond – OH1533
Interview Date: 2008

Raymond Autrey is a descendent of the Hake/Autrey families, who were, in the 1860s, original settlers of the Superior, Colorado. It was on the Hake farm that coal was discovered in 1894. This interview is a wide-ranging one in which … Continue reading

Avalon Ballroom – OH1904
Interview Date: April 4, 2012

Richard Kiefer of radio station KGNU visits the Avalon Ballroom in Boulder, Colorado, where he talks with acoustics engineer and dance instructor Jim Borzym as well as dance participants, volunteers, Jack LaForte of the Hot Tomatoes band, and building owner … Continue reading