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Identifier: COU:1730:04

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The collection is organized into private and professional papers, followed by oversize materials and then photographs.

Where possible, efforts have been made to keep the papers in their original order. Due to the separate correspondence files kept by Willard, correspondence may be found in four different locations: boxes 9, 12, 27, and 43. Likewise, research notes and drafts of manuscripts are found not in one location, but with the topic of the research. An exception to this topical form of organization is the section of research notes found in boxes 28-30.

I. PRIVATE PAPERS Contains biographical sketches, material regarding Willard’s education, and other personal papers. Also includes travel brochures and pamphlets. Also included are Willard’s diaries from the trips he took abroad, 1912-1913, 1920-1921, and 1930-1932. Finally, Margaret Willard’s personal papers can also be found here, among them material relating to the Children’s Welfare Association of Boulder County, 1932-1936, and the Delta Gamma Fraternity, of which Margaret Willard was on the Advisory Board), 1937-1943.

[***Note: Regarding Conoco Travel Service materials: these papers belonged to Professor Eckhardt and were not used by Willard in a personal capacity. They have been included in the private papers because they fit well with the international travel brochures that Willard did collect personally.]

II. PROFESSIONAL PAPERS Contains material regarding the CU history department, history classes, student elections, and general CU events. Includes Willard’s medieval English history research, notes, and manuscripts, as well as material on 1930s English politics. Also contains extensive material on Colorado colonies, most of which are Willard’s notes and handwritten and typed copies of documents researching regarding Colorado colonies. Also contains material on the Colorado Gold Rush. Finally, includes material relating to the “Newspapers of Colorado” survey that Willard conducted in 1934.

Also holds Willard’s general research notes and correspondence with historical committees and organizations. Includes also collected historical material on various topics, and publications containing material authored by Willard, as well as material not authored by him (see outline below for more detail). Material not authored by Willard is listed alphabetically by the title of the written piece, unless it is a journal that contains many writings. Publishers are not listed unless the name of the publisher is a necessary indicator of the subject matter of the piece. These are not complete bibliographical entries, and serve only to convey the basic contents of each folder.

[***Note: Regarding the materials on Colorado colonies in boxes 18-23: what is referred to in the guide as “copied newspaper articles” are Willard’s hand- and typewritten copies of original newspaper articles and editorials about Colorado colonies. The papers in these boxes, therefore, are not originals. (However, when an original document appears, it has been noted.) Dates listed refer to the information in the document, not to when Willard copied the document (1870, for example, instead of 1918). The materials in these boxes are most useful in realizing the types of material available, and Willard’s research will guide researchers to the original sources and more complete information available elsewhere. The same guidelines used for boxes 18-23 are used for boxes 24 and 25.]

Other related collections held in CU Archives are the papers of Colin B. Goodykoontz, Percy Fritz, George Norlin, and Fred B.R. Hellems, as well as the Colorado in World War I collection.


A. Biographical 1. Biographical sketches, newspaper clippings, 1926-1935, 1955 2. Education, 1892-1898, 1930-1931 3. Other personal papers, 1891-1930

B. Travel [***See also: Publications – World War I: boxes 51, 52, and 55-59 for more international publications. ***See also: Photo box 3 for photographs of Willard’s trips abroad.]

1. General 2. Diaries 3. Brochures and pamphlets, 1901-1930s a. general, 1901-26 b. Conoco Travel Service, 1930s [***Note: These papers belonged to Professor Eckhardt and were not used by Willard in a personal capacity. They have been included in private papers because they fit well with the international travel brochures that Willard did collect personally.]

C. Margaret Willard, Personal Papers, 1893-1943


A. University of Colorado and Northwestern University 1. Course materials, 1902-1936 2. CU Committees and Departments 3. CU Archives [***See also: Publication not authored by Willard – Archives and Libraries, boxes 47-48, for materials that Willard collected on how to create an archives.] 4. General CU events, programs, pamphlets, flyers, newspaper clippings, etc.

B. English history 1. Correspondence while on sabbatical 2. Medieval English history, notes and papers 3. Modern English history, 1901-1931

C. Colorado history 1 Colony materials a. Chicago-Colorado Colony, 1870-1872 b. German Colonization Society / German Colonization Company c. St. Louis-Western Colony d. Southwestern Colony e. Union Colony f. other colonies and societies g. general material about colonies

2. Gold Rush materials a. typescripts of Gold Rush articles b. handwritten copies of Gold Rush articles c. notes from California and Nebraska newspapers d. general articles e. references f. notes g. drafts 3. Newspapers of Colorado survey

D. Research notes

E. Collected historical materials 1. American Revolution 2. Elections 3. General

F. Colorado and national historical, social science, and educational organizations, institutions, and conferences, 1913-1936 1. Correspondence 2. General

G. Publications – material authored by Willard

H. Publications – material not authored by Willard 1. American history 2. Archives and libraries 3. College bulletins and educational issues 4. Colorado history 5. Economics and labor 6. European history - general 7. Inter-American affairs 8. Jews in America 9. Publications catalogs 10. Railroads 11. Religion and morality 12. World War I 13. Post-World War I International Relations, 1920-1941

III. Oversize

Photographs (including postcards and negatives)


  • 1892 - 1935

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.


From the Collection: 1.5 linear feet

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States