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Musa Calkins and E. Everett H. Cain photographs

Identifier: COU:312

Scope and Contents

The Musa Calkins and E. Everett H. Cain Photographs include photo-album pages as well as a number of loose photographs totaling in 534 prints dated from 1912 to 1915. Subjects of photographs contained in the photo-album pages include grounds and scenery from the University of Colorado campus, University of Colorado events, and landscapes and buildings from around Colorado. The collection’s loose photographs contain portraits of Calkins and Cain. Photographs have been described at an item level. Specific identifications are derived from original notes included in the materials. Otherwise, item descriptions are devised.


  • Creation: 1912 - 1915

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This collection is open for access.

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Limited duplication of materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical / Historical

Musa Calkins was born October 1st, 1890. In 1912, she moved from her home in Montrose, Colorado to Boulder so she could attend the University of Colorado. Calkins took a camera with her and captured her friends and activities in a boarding house on 14th St, as well as scenes and events on the University of Colorado campus. While she was on campus, Calkins met E. Everett H. Cain. Cain completed his first year at the University of Colorado’s School of Pharmacy in 1913. He continued as a special student, a student pursuing course work but not eligible to receive a degree, during the 1913-1914 school year, finishing his second year as a regular student and grand secretary and editor-in-chief of the Phi Delta Chi Pharmaceutical Fraternity in 1915. In December of 1914, Cain was also elected president of the Washburn Pharmacal Society. During this time he lived with Samuel J. Blythe, Jr., a second year student of the University’s School of Engineering. Cain and Blythe would later own a camera shop in Boulder together. After Calkins graduated in 1915 and he completed his second year, Cain did not return to the University. Calkins worked as a school teacher for a year before she and Cain married on June 24th, 1916. Cain worked as a clerk for number of years before becoming a news agent. After 1921, the couple moved out of Boulder. Cain died on May 2, 1969 and Calkins on April 9th, 1983. Both are buried in Portland, Oregon.


.25 linear feet (1 box)

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Musa Calkins was a University of Colorado student from 1912 to 1915, and E. Everett H. Cain owned a camera and film shop in Boulder with his partner, Samuel J. Blythe Jr. The Musa Calkins and E. Everett H. Cain Photographs contain photo albums with photographs of the University of Colorado campus as well as locations around Colorado between 1912 and 1915.


Original order of the scrapbook pages and photographs was largely preserved. Scrapbook pages are grouped by timeframe: 1912-1913 and 1914-1915, while loose prints are housed in a separate folder. Subseries 1, General Scrapbook Photographs: 1912-1913 Subseries 2, General Scrapbook Photographs: 1914-1915 Subseries 3, Portraits of Musa Calkins and E. Everett H. Cain

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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