Bracken Family Papers
African American Research Library
Denver Public Library
||The collection was donated to
the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library by Lillian Bracken in April of 2003.
||Literary and copyrights have been assigned
to the Denver Public Library.
||1 box (0.50 linear feet)
Scope and Content Note | Container
Scope and Content Note
The Lillian Bracken Family Papers contain materials that relate
to members of this black family that moved from Akron, Ohio and
settled in Boulder, Colorado during the 1940s. (The family moved
to Denver in 1951.) Included are newspaper clippings and photographs
that relate to Lillian Sherman, the matriarch of the family. Most
of the photographs date to the 1940s. The newspaper clippings come
mainly from the 1980s. Also, there exists World War II correspondence
from Sherman’s brother, George. Other pieces of correspondence
appear in the form of congratulatory accolades from Colorado dignitaries
for reaching 90 and 100 years of age.
Lillian Bracken, the donor of these papers and daughter of Lillian
Sherman, received many personalized photographs of the acts that
played at the Rossonian – her place of employment. These photographs,
along with awards and certificates for community activism, and journalistic
pieces she wrote for the Denver Weekly News, also appear.
These papers chronicle the activities of other family members –
a grandson winning a BMX race, some brothers forming a basketball
team call the Hottentots, and children prevailing in beauty pageants
– and their business ventures in the Five Points Neighborhood.
Contained within is a miscellaneous section of newspaper clips
that highlight members or friends of the Bracken/Sherman Family.
One such example appears in the form of Jim Jones’s 1978 Guyana
tragedy that took the life of Lois Hilburn, Lillian Bracken’s
friend. Another includes a 1924 telegram sent by George Morrison,
a renowned Five Points-based musician.
Photocopies dominate the collection.
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|| Newspaper Clippings
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