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Virginia Neal Blue papers

Identifier: COU:151

Scope and Contents

The Virginia Neal Blue Collection includes awards, plaques, photographs, news clippings, state treasurer campaign advertisements, and memorial tributes to Ms. Blue. The date range of the collection runs from 1958 to 1971. The plaques and awards pertain to her public service and private business accomplishments.


  • 1950 - 1970

Biographical Note

Virginia Neal Blue (1910-1970) was born and raised in Meeker, CO. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 1931 received her B.A. in economics. She married James Blue in 1934 and together they had two sons, Linden and Neal. Her professional career included work in both the public and private sectors. She was a partner in the Blue and Blue real estate firm and was named 1967 “Woman of the Year” by the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Ms. Blue served as a University of Colorado Regent from 1952-1958, and immediately following this term served as the president of the Association of University Governing Boards from 1959-1964. In 1959 she received the University of Colorado Alumni Recognition Award. She was also the Denver Easter Seal Chairman in 1955 and the chairman of the Colorado Commission on the Status of Women from 1964-1966. Ms. Blue was elected Colorado State Treasurer in 1966 and helped form the Public Employees Retirement Association. She was running for reelection when she passed away on September 15, 1970, leaving behind her husband James and two sons.


5 linear feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials



Virginia Neal Blue served as a University of Colorado Regent from 1952-1958. She was also a partner in the Blue and Blue real estate firm, and earned many awards for excellence throughout her career in both public service and the private sector. Ms. Blue later helped form the Public Employees Retirement Association and was elected Colorado State Treasurer, an office she served from 1966 until her death in 1970.


This collection is arranged into the following series: I. Memorabilia

Physical Location

A23 F5

Brendan Hackett, June 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