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1st Judicial District Judges' Photographs & Biographies, 1857-2016

Identifier: Series-202

Scope and Contents

This collection of photographs and biographical information for county and district court judges documents the history of Colorado’s 1st Judicial District from 1857 to 2016. Today the first judicial district serves Jefferson and Gilpin Counties but the district boundaries have changed over time encompassing various other counties.

Sub-Series I, Photographs and Biographies, contains a combination of original and digital photographs, or in some cases, sketches, obtained from various sources. All photographs have been digitized. Digital photos may have been edited or enhanced for the purposes of the exhibit. Dates listed by each name are dates the judge served on the Bench of various courts.

Sub-Series II, Miscellaneous, contains a large group photograph of county and district court judges on the bench in 1994 as well as phamplet guides to the rules of the court over time.


  • 1857-2016

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

In December 2016, walls in the Jefferson County Administration and Courts Building began showcasing the history of the 1st Judicial District, which includes Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. The project was part of a plan to display information about current and former judges serving under the merit selection system used since 1967, judges who were elected and served from 1876 to 1969, judges who served prior to statehood in the territorial era (1861-1876), and those who served during the gold rush era (1858-1861).

Biographical summaries and portraits, when available, were featured along with sketches of each court house and maps. The Judges’ Wall exhibit was a combined effort of the Jefferson County Historical Commission, the 1st Judicial District Court Administrator’s Office and the Colorado Supreme Court Law Library. This collection contains original photographs scanned for the exhibit and copies of the biographies of the judges featured.


0.80 Cubic Feet (Two letter-size document boxes and one oversized folder)

Language of Materials



Photographs and biographical information for county and district court judges documenting the history of the 1st Judicial District, Jefferson and Gilpin Counties, Colorado. Collection also includes a selection of court rule pamphlets.


Arranged alphabetically by Judges' last names.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Court Administrator Caren Stanley, 1st Judicial District, donated the original photographs and rule books to the Archives in 2016 in conjunction with the Judges’ Wall Exhibit created by the Jefferson County Historical Commission. Digital photographs for which there is no original in the collection have been obtained from various sources and scanned with permission. Biographical information was researched and written by members of the Historical Commission.

Processing Information

Processed by Ronda Frazier in March, 2018

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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

3500 Illinois Street
Suite 2350
Golden CO 80401 United States