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INTRODUCTION :

PROVENANCE:

Sam E. Cary Bar Association donated the records November 15, 2006.

ACCESS:

The collection is open for research.

OWNERSHIP:

Sam E. Cary Bar Association Records are the physical property of the Denver Public Library.

PUBLICATION RIGHTS:

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[Identification of item], Sam E. Cary Bar Association Records, ARL149, Blair-Caldwell African American Collection, The Denver Public Library.

SIZE:

Number of Boxes: 1

LOCATION:

ARL149

PROCESSED BY:

Denise Lord

July 2007

ENCODED BY:

Claudia Jensen

July 2007

PROJECT MANAGER:

Ellen Zazzarino

ORGANIZATIONAL NOTE :

The Sam E. Cary Bar Association was formed in September of 1971, creating a self-help group to instill professionalism and serving as a vehicle for the exchange of ideas among Black lawyers. The seven original members were: Norman Early, Dan Muse, Raymond Jones, Gary Jackson, Phillip Jones, King Trimble, and Billy Lewis. The first controversial task undertaken was choosing “Sam Cary” as the name. It was deemed inappropriate to name a black bar association after a disbarred attorney.

An examination into Sam Cary’s life and law practice (including an address to the organization by the Honorable O. Otto Moore, former Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court) revealed that Sam Cary was indeed an appropriate person after whom to name the organization. (extracted from Sam Cary Bar Association web site)

Initially meetings were held in members’ homes, law offices, and the Legal Aid office on Downing Street. As membership increased and the organization wanted to increase visibility in the Black community, they held meetings in the Five Points Community Center. Now they are held at the Owl Club of Denver. In 1980, Sam E. Cary Bar Association co-sponsored and annual scholarship dinner with the Denver Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. They have awarded scholarship in excess of $20,000.

One of the highlights in the history of Sam Cary Bar Association was hosting the 61st Annual Convention of the National Bar Association July 27-August 2, 1986 in Denver, Colorado.

One law of thought is “There is no event without a cause.” Sam Cary diligently probed causes to adequately and humanely defend even his humblest client. (extracted from Growing Up Black in Denver by Billie Grant, Ernestine Smith and Gladys Smith)

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :

The collection comprises material generated by the Sam E. Cary Bar Association. Material consists of a biographical sketch of the association, thank-you note cards from scholarship recipients, invitations to annual fundraisers and photographs of the National Bar Association regional conference in Little Rock, Arkansas.

SERIES 1 CORRESPONDENCE 2003-2006 BOX 1 :

The Sam E. Cary Bar Association papers consist of thank you note cards and invitation flies to annual homecoming and scholarship awards.

SERIES 2 PHOTOGRAPHS 2001-2007 BOX 1 :

Color photo of former presidents of the Sam E. Cary Bar Association. Photos on CDs of the National Bar Association conference and the thirteenth annual Wiley A. Branton Issues Symposium and Award Luncheon.

SUBJECT ACCESS :

: SUBJECT ACCESS - :

  • Sam E. Cary Bar Association -- Archives.
  • African American lawyers -- Colorado.

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