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Doris B. Osterwald Papers, 1978-1979

 Collection — Small Collection Box: 6, Envelope: 3
Identifier: Series-230

Content Description

Collection contains draft articles and research material prepared for Jefferson County, Colorado's Outdoor Education Lab, by Doris B. Osterwald, Specialist in Residence, Jefferson County Outdoor Education Lab. The first draft is titled "Teacher's Guide for the Short Geology Trail, Jefferson County Outdoor Education School," written in 1979 to explain geologic features found along the school's short geology trail. The second draft, "Front Range and Windy Peak Geology," was intended as background information for teachers, dated circa 1978. Also included is research material related to glacial geology in Montana.


  • 1978-1979


Conditions Governing Access

Archives collection material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available for use by appointment in the reading room.

Biographical / Historical

Doris Ray Beck Osterwald was born March 29, 1921 to Carl Beck, a noted landscape artist, and Nora Ray, a concert pianist. Doris graduated from East High School in 1939 and majored in geology at the University of Denver, graduating in 1944. She then enlisted in the U.S. Navy WAVEs. She got her Master's Degree at the University of Wyoming, where she met Frank William Osterwald. They were married in 1947. In 1965, she started writing the Mile by Mile Guide book series and created Western Guideways, Ltd. In between writing guidebooks, Doris taught geology at the Jefferson County Outdoor Education Labs near Evergreen and Bailey for seven years. Doris Osterwald died March 27, 2014.


0.10 Cubic Feet (One small collection envelope)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Archives by the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy, in 2019.

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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

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