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William Penn Collins papers

Identifier: COU:371

Scope and Contents

The William Penn Collins Papers consist of nine different sections. I. General Correspondence consists of letters to the editor and general correspondence dated between 1901 and 1937. II. Magazines and Journals include various socialist publications, as well as a few non-socialist publications, from 1895-1950. III. Pamphlets contain an assortment of pamphlets about and relating to the Socialist Party. Subjects include religion, anti-war, Colorado, Civil Liberties, etc. IV. Socialist/Communist Parties includes speech reprints, minutes, constitutions, photographs, reports, press releases, and platforms of the Socialist and Communist Parties. V. Extra Copies holds extra copies of various pamphlets and newspapers found elsewhere in the collection. VI. Miscellaneous includes contains miscellaneous correspondence, pamphlets, legal files, notes, and other miscellaneous documents dating from 1887-1922. VII. American Socialist Party consists of correspondence, financial and political papers, and other documents related to the American branch of the Socialist Party. VIII. Beekeeping includes correspondence, pamphlets, and other information pertaining to beekeeping. IX. Oversize holds oversized copies of various socialist and non-socialist American newspapers dating from 1901 to 1926.


  • 1887 - 1951

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Biographical Note

William Penn Collins, Jr. was born to Dr. William Penn Collins Sr. and Mary Cassey Collins in Mukwonago, Wisconsin on August 24, 1865. He attended law school and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In 1898, he came to Boulder, Colorado, where he established and law practice and practiced for more than 20 years before moving to Denver in the 1920s. During his time in Boulder and Denver, Collins was very active in the local Socialist Party, holding candidacies at national conventions. Collins died on August 19, 1949 in Denver.


13 linear feet (20 Boxes)

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William Penn Collins was a resident and lawyer in Boulder from 1898 until the 1920s, when he moved his practice to Denver. Collins was an active member of the local and state branches of the Socialist Party. The William Penn Collins Papers consist of correspondence, socialist newspapers, pamphlets, and other materials relating to the socialist party, as well as some beekeeping materials.


This collection is arranged into the following series: I. General Correspondence II. Magazines and Journals III. Pamphlets IV. Socialist/Communist Parties V. Extra Copies VI. Miscellaneous VII. American Socialist Party VIII. Beekeeping IX. Oversize

Reboxed by: Kathryn Holt, September 2005
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Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States