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Finding Aid of the Mary Cornish Papers, 1974 - 1991

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
U.S.A.
Phone: 303-688-7730
Email: sboyd@dclibraries.org
URL: http://DouglasCountyLibraries.org

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Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Shaun Boyd 2010-12-01
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CreatorCornish, Mary
TitleMary Cornish Papers
Dates: 1974-1991
Size.36 cubic foot, one five inch document box.
Abstract:Mary Cornish's papers contain notes, clippings, and ephemera relating to the County School Legacy Project. This was a project sponsored by the Mountain Plains Library Association to promote interest and education about country schools in Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. A copy of Country School Legacy: Humanities on the Frontier , a booklet which was part of the exhibit, also accompanies this information. The collection also includes clippings and ephemera about Douglas County, Colorado, history; notes, correspondence, and clippings from the Douglas County Schools History Project, which was based on the Country School Legacy Project with similar objectives for schools in Douglas County. Correspondence, clippings and ephemera about the Indian Park School, included in both projects, are also part of the collection.
Collection Number1993.006
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject, chronologically within subject headings.

Scope and Content

Mary Cornish's papers contain notes, clippings, and ephemera relating to the County School Legacy Project. This was a project sponsored by the Mountain Plains Library Association to promote interest and education about country schools in Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. A copy of Country School Legacy: Humanities on the Frontier , a booklet which was part of the exhibit, also accompanies this information. The collection also includes clippings and ephemera about Douglas County, history; notes, correspondence, and clippings from the Douglas County Schools History Project This project was based on the Country School Legacy Project with similar objectives for schools in Douglas County. Correspondence, clippings and ephemera about the Indian Park School, included in both projects, are also part of the collection.


Biography / History

Mary Love Cornish was born in New York in 1916. Her parents, Charles Waldo Love and Orilla Alice Wiley were from Colorado, but moved to New York because of Mr. Cornish's career. During the Great Depression Charles Waldo Love (her father) lost employment as a commercial artist and the family returned to Jarre Canyon, Colorado. The WPA (Works Progress Administration) sent Mr. Love to work at the Colorado History Museum.

Mary Cornish began her working life as a chorus girl for Lakeside Amusement Park [Denver], this began her career in vaudeville. She met her husband, Ronald Cornish, while working in Casper, Wyoming. He was also in vaudeville. The couple moved around quite a bit while Mr. Cornish was in the Navy during WWII, but eventually returned to Colorado, where Mary Cornish began to take art classes. She became involved in the Douglas County Arts and Crafts Guild, and the Arts and Humanities Council, and created pictures of one-room school houses for the Arts and Humanities Council, as well as scenes of Douglas County for the Arts and Crafts Guild.

Ms. Cornish's interest in one room school houses, and her research and paintings of them, became the basis for her involvement in both the Country School Legacy Project and in the Douglas County School History Project. She was involved with the Indian Park Schoolhouse Association, which fought to save the school and turn it into a community center. The Indian Park Schoolhouse in Sedalia, Colorado, was added to the Colorado Statewide Inventory of Historic Sites in 1976 and the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.


Access Terms

Schools

Restrictions

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

Mary Cornish Papers, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

These papers were collected by Mary Cornish during her studies of Douglas County Schools. These studies included the Indian Park School House Association project, the Country School Legacy Project and the Douglas County Schools History Project. They were donated to the Douglas County History Research Center in 1993.

Processing Information

Processed by Stephanie Ostermann, March 1998


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