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Francis Wolle Papers

Identifier: COU:1754

Scope and Contents

The Francis Wolle Collection is contained in one box, in which there are 24 folders and one book. The folders are arranged alphabetically with the book at the back. 1 Biographical Material contains Francis Wolle’s obituary and personal information. 2 Clippings holds newspaper clippings concerned with his theatrical performances, reviews of his book, and his personal affairs. 3 Citations holds the commencement booklet of 1977 and citation. 4 Correspondence includes personal correspondence and Wolle’s correspondence with the Swallow Publishing Company. 5 Directories — the Wolles’ frequently used numbers. 6 Family contains information about Union Camp in relation to Wolle and his family. 7 Miscellaneous contains a short writing titled “A Fairy Tale.” 8 Notes contains a few notes written by Wolle presumably to himself. 9 Photographs contains career (?) photos of Francis. 10 Ordination Program for Reverend Francis Wolle — the program for Wolle’s ordination service. 11 Programs holds the programs for two of Wolle’s theatrical works, “The Operetta Revue” and “Love of One’s Neighbour.” 12 – 19 Writings include poems and other writing by Francis Wolle. Folder twenty contains a 1979 bulletin for WWI and WWII veterans. Folders twenty-one through twenty-three contain materials related to Wolle’s wife, Muriel Sibell Wolle. Folder twenty-one contains biographical information about Muriel Sibell Wolle; folder twenty-two holds a list of the Native American artifacts that she donated to the University of Colorado Museum and other financial records; folder twenty-three holds a list of contributors to the Muriel S. Wolle Memorial Fund; and folder twenty-four contains drafts of her Timberline Tailings. Finally, the collection includes Fitz-James O’Brien: A Literary Bohemian of the Eighteen-Fifties, which Wolle originally drafted for his doctoral dissertation.


  • 1889 - 1977

Biographical Note

Francis Wolle was born on February 22, 1889, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He was raised in Pennsylvania by a religiously centered family. Wolle attended the University of Pennsylvania (1907–1911) where he was active in drama, track, and cross-country. He was awarded a cash prize for being the star athlete with the highest scholastic average among all the attending athletes. After Francis graduated from the University, he worked for two years with a publishing house before taking a job in Boulder, Colorado.

He began teaching at the University of Colorado in 1913; he spent forty-four years of his life on the CU faculty. He had received his M.A. at CU and performed further graduate work in Paris and at Columbia University. Wolle served six years as chairman of the English department, and had received promotions from instructor to full professor in English. He was the cross-country coach from 1919–1946 and the coach of track from 1919–1927. He was associated with more than eighty plays during his time at CU as the director of University Dramatics from 1914–1940. Between 1917 and 1933, Wolle wrote, produced, and directed fifteen musical comedies. In addition, Wolle belonged to variety of clubs and associations. He was also the author of Fitz-James O’Brien: A Literary Bohemian of the 1850s.

Between 1917 and 1919, Wolle volunteered for twenty-six months of overseas army service during WWI. He advanced to the rank of captain. Upon his return to Colorado he became the commander of a company that later became the Colorado National Guard. During World War II this unit was called to service. Wolle served as chairman for a community committee that helped with U.S. Navy training on campus.

He married Muriel V. Sibell on October 26, 1945. On December 28, 1960, Francis Wolle became a deacon of the Episcopal Church. He was ordained a priest in April 1973. The University of Colorado recognized both Francis Wolle and Muriel Sibell Wolle with awards for outstanding contributions to the community. Francis Wolle died on October 1, 1979.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Francis Wolle was a member of the University of Colorado English Department faculty from 1913 to 1957. The Francis Wolle Collection contains information on Wolle’s life and activities, including Wolle’s participation at the University of Colorado in drama, track and cross-country. The collection also contains some of Wolle’s poems, writing for performances at the University of Colorado, and other writing. There is also information on his wife, Muriel Sibell Wolle. Included as well are photographs and newspaper clippings.


This collection is arranged into the following series:

I. Miscellaneous II. Writing III. Muriel Sibell Wolle

Processing Information

In 2023, collection level information was updated to correct date inconsistencies.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States