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Ranae Rantanen Papers: Douglas County Fair Books and Ephemera

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Guide to the Ranae Rantanen Papers: Douglas County Fair Books and Ephemera, 1935-1992

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

© 2010

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2010-11-30
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CollectorRantanen, Ranae
TitleRanae Rantanen Papers: Douglas County Fair Books and Ephemera
Dates: 1935-1992
Size1 cubic foot: 15 x 12.5 x 10 inches; 146 items.
Abstract:Collection includes Douglas County (Colorado) Fair and Rodeo Program Books from 1935, and 1950-1992. Other items in the collection include judging materials for poultry and rabbit categories, as well as newspaper articles.
Collection Number1992.013.Box2
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Ephemeral material is at the front of the collection, fair books are organized chronologically.

Scope and Content

Items in the collection include fair materials from 1935, and 1950-1995. Judging items in the collection are for the poultry and rabbit categories. The books contain information about businesses, schools, people, events and interests in Douglas County, Colorado. The programs include photographs; business advertisements and listings; lists of those competing for and/or those donating prizes; changes in the types of competitions; biographical information about local people connected with the Fair; as well as histories and other types of information.

Biography / History

1950 - Photographs of the members of the Fair Board and the Douglas County Commissioners were included in this program.

1952 - The collection contains two copies of this program. One has hand written corrections for 1953. Admission was twenty-five cents.

1954 - The program had a few notes on a ruled page inserted inside the front cover.

1956 - This program contained the first photograph and mention of the Douglas County Fair Queen; her name was Jan Sue Campbell.

1957 - This is the first program that included the poem Little Town. This poem was part of programs through the 1950s and 1960s. It was used again in the 1997 program.

1960 - Tabs were inserted for each department letter. The program included a page on the Democratic candidates for election, p. 32, as well as individual advertisements for Republican candidates.

1962 - This is the first program to include an advertisement for a development in Douglas County. The advertisement is for Castle Rock Heights, at the head of Third Street.

1966 - This is the first year that some photographs are captioned with the name of the person pictured.

1969 - The program is titled The Douglas County - Free - Fair and Rodeo. There are several full page advertisements in this program; including one for Perry Park, Colorado Western Development Company.

1970 - A table of contents, “index page,” was included in this program.

1975 - This program had business advertisements in a separate section.

1976 - The first Dog Trial, a 4H event, was held at the 1976 Fair.

1977 - Esther Noe was a member of the Fair Board. She was the first woman on the board since 1932 (this was the last verifiable year).

1983 - The Town of Castle Rock logo was similar to that used today [1998].

1984 - The format of the program changed greatly. It was larger, made of newsprint and advertisements were again interspersed throughout the book. The names of towns in Douglas County were listed on the front cover. This was the first year that the Fair offered grandstand music entertainment, and “big time country music.”

1988 - This is the first program with an advertisement for Mission Viejo Company and Highlands Ranch as a development. The program also advertised “The Meadows.,” Walmart, La Petite Academy, Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

1989 - The Douglas County Library began to advertise regularly in the fair program.

1992 - This was the first program in which the Fair Ambassador was mentioned. The ambassador for that year was Jodi Jackson.

1994 -1995 - 4-H categories included Ecology and Natural Resources, Range Management, Community Development Service and Cultural Understanding.

1996 - The program for this year included a History of the Douglas County Fair, p. 50.


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ranae Rantanen Papers: Douglas County Fair Books and Ephemera, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the DCHRC by Ranae Rantanen, who was the secretary of the fair board and worked in the extension office.

Processing Information

Processed by: Shaun Boyd, William Kirby, Helen Zimmerman; Completed: 28 September 1999

Related Material

Douglas County Fair Books Collection; Ephemera File; Douglas County Fair Books Index and other Clippings Notebooks

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