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A list of key readings about Denver, Colorado.
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  • Arrington, Leonard J., and John R. Alley, Jr. Harold F. Silver: Western Inventor, Businessman, and Civic Leader. 1992. 250 pp. In the 1930s-1960s Silver grew rich by inventing a portable sugar beet piler and a sugar diffuser that sharply lowered costs in the sugar industry; he was even more successful in inventing continuous process coal mining machinery.
  • Barth, Gunther Paul. Instant Cities: Urbanization and the Rise of San Francisco and Denver (1975) excerpt and text search
  • Brosnan, Kathleen A. Uniting Mountain and Plain: Cities, Law, and Environmental Change along the Front Range (2002) says Denver modernized by laying waste to the environment in late 19th century
  • Brundage, David. The Making of Western Labor Radicalism: Denver's Organized Workers, 1878-1905 (1994) excerpt and text search
  • Campbell, D'Ann. "Judge Ben Lindsey and the Juvenile Court Movement, 1901-1904." Arizona and the West 1976 18(1): 5-20. Issn: 0004-1408
  • Carver, Sharon Snow. "Club Women of the Three Intermountain Cities of Denver, Boise and Salt Lake City between 1893 and 1929." PhD dissertation Brigham Young U. 2000. 356 pp. DAI 2000 61(5): 2000-A. DA9972727 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Dickson, Lynda Fayes. "The Early Club Movement among Black Women in Denver: 1890-1925." PhD dissertation U. of Colorado, Boulder 1982. 288 pp. DAI 1982 43(6): 2115-2116-A. DA8221063 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Dorsett, Lyle. The Queen City: A History of Denver (1983), well-illustrated with focus on business elites and politicians
  • Edwards, Susan Jane. "Nature as Healer: Denver, Colorado's Social and Built Landscapes of Health, 1880-1930." PhD dissertation U. of Colorado, Boulder 1994. 325 pp. DAI 1995 55(10): 3283-A. DA9506327 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Foster, Mark S. Henry M. Porter: Rocky Mountain Empire Builder. U. Press of Colorado, 1991. 184 pp. Porter (1838-1936) was a railroad magnate and hospital builder
  • Goodstein, Phil H. Denver from the Bottom Up: A People's History of Early Colorado. Vol. 1: From Sand Creek to Ludlow. 2003. 488 pp. a left-wing approach to old-fashioned political history
  • Goodstein, Phil H. Denver in our time: A people's history of the modern Mile High City (1999)
  • Gutfreund, Owen D. Twentieth-Century Sprawl: Highways and the Reshaping of the American Landscape. 2004. 297 pp.; Denver is one of three case studies
  • Hendricks, Rickey and Mark S. Foster. For a Child's Sake: History of the Children's Hospital, Denver, Colorado, 1910-1990. U. Press of Colorado, 1994. 209 pp.
  • Hero, Rodney. "The Election of Hispanics in City Government: An Analysis of the Election of Federico Peña as Mayor of Denver," Western Political Quarterly 40 (March 1987): 93–105;
  • Hero, Rodney. and Kathleen Beatty. "The Election of Frederico Peña as Mayor of Denver: Analysis and Implications," Social Science Quarterly 70 (June 1989): 300–310.
  • Jones, William C. and Kenton Forrest. Denver: A Pictorial History from Frontier Camp to Queen City of the Plains. 1973. 334 pp.
  • Kaufmann, Karen Malmuth. "Voting in American Cities: The Group Interest Theory of Local Voting Behavior." PhD dissertation U. of California, Los Angeles 1998. 251 pp. DAI 1999 59(9): 3629-A. DA9906182 case studies of Denver 1983-1995. Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Kelly, George V. The Old Gray Mayors of Denver. Boulder, 1974. 266 pp.
  • Knapp, Anne Curtis. "Making an Orderly Society: Criminal Justice in Denver, Colorado, 1858-1900." PhD dissertation U. of California, San Diego 1983. 324 pp. DAI 1984 44(11): 3467-A. DA8405206 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Leonard, Stephen J. and Thomas J. Noel. Denver: Mining Camp to Metropolis (1990), the standard history
  • Ling, Richard Seyler. "The Social Construction of Synthetic Charisma: A Sociological Examination of the 1983 Denver Mayoral Campaign." PhD dissertation U. of Colorado, Boulder 1984. 246 pp. DAI 1985 45(7): 2261-A. DA8422625 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Miller, Jeff. Stapleton International Airport: "The First Fifty Years." Boulder: Pruett, 1983.
  • Morley, Judy Mattivi. Historic Preservation and the Imagined West: Albuquerque, Denver, and Seattle. 2006. 204 pp.
  • Noel, Thomas J. The City and the Saloon: Denver, 1858-1916 (1996) excerpt and text search
  • Noel, Thomas J. Colorado Catholicism and the Archdiocese of Denver, 1857-1989 (1990) full text online
  • Noel, Thomas J. Denver Landmarks & Historic Districts: A Pictorial Guide (2001)
  • Noel, Thomas J. Mile high city: An illustrated history of Denver (2001)
  • Noel, Thomas J. and Barbara S. Norgren. Denver: The City Beautiful and Its Architects, 1893-1941 (1987)
  • Peterson, Eric ed. Frommer's Denver, Boulder & Colorado Springs (2007) excerpt and text search
  • Pickering, John Richard. "Blueprint of Power: The Public Career of Robert Speer in Denver, 1898-1918." PhD dissertation U. of Denver 1978. 247 pp. DAI 1979 39(11): 6920-A
  • Portrait and Biographical Record of Denver and Vicinity Colorado (1898), many short biographies full text online
  • Reese, Carol McMichael. "The Politician and the City: Urban Form and City Beautiful Rhetoric in Progressive Era Denver." PhD dissertation U. of Texas, Austin 1992. 567 pp. DAI 1992 53(4): 969-A. DA9225704 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Rose, Mark H. Cities of Light and Heat: Domesticating Gas and Electricity in Urban America 1995. 229 pp. case study of Denver and Kansas City
  • Smiley, Jerome C. History of Denver: with outlines of the earlier history of the Rocky Mountain country (1903); Smiley (1858-1924) copmiled an amazing amount of information in 950pp; available on cd-rom
  • Stefanco, Carolyn J. "Pathways to Power: Women and Voluntary Associations in Denver, Colorado, 1876-1893." PhD dissertation Duke U. 1987. 263 pp. DAI 1988 49(4): 932-933-A. DA8810886 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
  • Taylor, Mary Jean. "Leadership Responses to Desegregation in the Denver Public Schools: A Historical Study, 1959-1977." PhD dissertation U. of Denver 1990. 364 pp. DAI 1990 51(6): 1866-A. DA9030097 Fulltext: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses