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 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
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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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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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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

Long, Everett C. – OH0269
Interview Date: 1985

History of Silver Lake Ditch.  

Mars, Brigitte- OH1285
Interview Date: 2005

People: Tom Pfeiffer, Sunflower Sparkle Mars, Rainbeau Harmony Mars, William Lassacie, Hannah Kroeger Places: Boulder Topics: training as herbalist, herbal medicine, Boulder College of Massage Therapy (formerly Rocky Mountain Center for Natural Healing), Boulder in the 1970s, Boulder natural foods … Continue reading

Williams, Mary and Alpha Omega Sigfrid – OH0124
Interview Date: 1976

Topics: Alpha Omega: In 1878 her mother came ; Ouray history ; music (violin) — Williams: public health nurse; health care in San Juan region.