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Ernest M. Pease papers

Identifier: COU:1255

Scope and Contents

The Ernest M. Pease collection is separated into seven sections. I. Correspondence includes the correspondence between Ernest Pease, Minnie Adams Pease, Mary Ball Johnson Pease, Arthur Johnson and various other members of the Pease, Adams, and Johnson families. This correspondence dates from 1884 to 1948. II. Mary Ball Johnson Pease and Family contains documents relating to the Johnson family, including family histories, a biographies, diaries, and information about the family business. Documents date between 1875 and 1939. III. Life and Death of Ernest Pease holds biographies, obituaries, and condolences on the death of Ernest Pease. IV. Writings of Ernest Pease include Dr. Pease’s autobiography, as well as various papers and articles about politics and Latin scholarship. V. Financial and Business Papers contain documents concerning various mining companies, including minutes, assay books, newspaper articles, and by-laws. Also included are personal financial records of Ernest Pease, including bank statements, taxes, and investments dated 1903-1936. VI. Photographs hold photographs of various members of the Pease and Johnson families, including Ernest Pease, Minnie Adams Pease, Arthur Johnson, Mary Ball Johnson Pease, and others. VII. Oversize includes oversize copies of various newspapers dated between 1922 and 1936.


  • 1863 - 1948

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Biographical Note

Ernest Mondell Pease was born to Charles Franklin and Abigail Pease on December 24, 1859 in West Union, Iowa. The Pease family moved to a farm east of Boulder, Colorado in 1861, and this is where Ernest Pease spent most of his childhood. He attended the University of Colorado, graduating in 1883 as one of only two members of the University's second graduating class. He also recieved an M.A. from the University of Colorado in 1885, and was the first student to ever recieve an advanced degree from the University. In 1902, the University awarded him an honorary LL. D. Pease also studied at John Hopkins University as well as the Univeristy of Bonn in Germany. He spent five years as a professor of Latin at Bowdoin College (1886-1891) and in 1891 became a member of the first faculty at Standford Univeristy, where he taught for eleven years. Following his career as a Latin professor, Dr. Pease participated in a number of business ventures in the field of electric light and power transmission. He later moved to Washington, D.C., and then New York, where he became intersting in the field of published and promoted inventions in the printing business. In 1886, Dr. Pease was married to Minnie Adams. The couple had two snos, and was married for nine years until Minnie's death in 1895. In 1898, Pease was remarried to Mary Ball Johnson, with whom he had another son and daughter. Dr. Pease died December 21, 1936, at the age of 78.


10.5 linear feet (14 Boxes 1 Oversize box )

Language of Materials



Ernest M. Pease was an early resident of the Boulder area, one of the first graduates of CU, and a distinguished Latin scholar. Reared on a farm east of Boulder, Pease later wrote his autobiography which deals with his early life and the customs. Collection covers 1863-1943 and contains correspondence, books, autobiography, business papers, and photographs.


This collection is arranged into the following series:

I. CORRESPONDENCE A. Ernest Pease to Minnie Adams Pease B. Minnie Adams Pease C. Miscellaneous Relatives D. Mary Ball Johnson Pease E. Arthur Johnson F. Ernest Pease, miscellaneous II. MARY BALL JOHNSON PEASE AND FAMILY III. LIFE AND DEATH OF ERNEST PEASE IV. WRITINGS OF ERNEST PEASE A. Autobiography B. Papers and Articles C. Papers Written During Latin Professorship V. FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS PAPERS A. Business B. Personal VI. PHOTOGRAPHS VII. OVERSIZE

Physical Location

A80 F1-3

Processed by: S.C. Kay Evatz, July 1981 Reboxed by: Kathryn M. Holt, September 2005 Edited by: Poojashree Tandukar, December 7, 2012
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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