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INTRODUCTION :

PROVENANCE:

James Quigg Newton Jr. donated his collection on May 31, 1989. Additional material was donated in December, 1999. The Colorado State Archives transferred some papers to Denver Public Library in 2003.

ACCESS:

The collection is open for research.

OWNERSHIP:

The Mayor James Quigg Newton, Jr. Papers 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], Mayor James Quigg Newton, Jr. Papers, WH1327, Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library.

SIZE:

Number of boxes: 12 (10 linear feet)

Oversize: 2 OVBoxes, 6 OVFolios, 2 OVFF

Audio-visual: 1 AVBox

Number of Photoboxes: 2

Number of Ovphotoboxes: 1

LOCATION:

WH1327

PROCESSED BY:

Carol Mead

Ellen Zazzarino

December 1999

REVISED AND ENCODED BY:

Ann Brown

2007

2011

Merrie Jo Schroeder

2005

PROJECT MANAGER:

Ellen Zazzarino

Abby Hoverstock

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :

James Quigg Newton Jr. was born in Denver on August 3, 1911. He attended Denver Public Schools and continued his education at Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts) and Yale University. He obtained an AB degree from Yale in 1933 and graduated from Yale Law School in 1936. After graduating Newton accepted an appointment as legal assistant to William O. Douglas, then the Commissioner of the Securities Exchange Commission. In 1937, Newton returned to Denver and was employed as an attorney with Lewis and Grant. In 1939 he formed his own law firm, Newton, Davis and Drinkwater, and worked as a partner. A year later the firm changed to Newton, Davis and Henry.

Newton was a lecturer of law at the University of Denver from 1937 until he entered the Navy during World War II. During his four-year service with the Navy he served as a legal officer with the Navel Transport Command and as special assistant to John L. Sullivan, assistant secretary of Navy for Air. Shortly after his return from the Navy, Newton was named president of the Board of Trustees of the University of Denver. Under his leadership, the University completely reorganized, built up staff, and launched a building program that included raising two million dollars to get construction underway. In 1942 he married Virginia Shafroth and they had four daughters, Nancy, Nelle, Abby, and Gina.

Newton was elected Mayor of Denver in 1947. He was Denver's first native-born Mayor. In 1947, the Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him as one of the Nation's Ten Outstanding Young Men. A popular Mayor, he was reelected in 1952. In 1954, Newton made a bid for the Democratic primary contest for the United States Senate but lost to John Carroll. In 1955, he did not seek reelection and ended his career in politics. He worked for the Ford Foundation in New York for a year. From 1956-1963, he served as the President of the University of Colorado. He presided over the University during a period of great growth in physical facilities and academic quality. During his tenure, the University was instrumental in attracting the National Center for Atmospheric Research to Boulder, Colorado. He also dealt with a number of controversies at the University involving sports ethics, academic freedom and freedom of speech.

In 1963, Newton became the President of the Commonwealth Foundation in New York, an educational foundation, serving until he retired in 1976. The family moved to California where Newton worked at the Behavior Science Center for a year and two years as Senior Consultant with the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation. Newton returned to Denver in 1980. He served as special counsel to Davis, Graham and Stubbs, the successor of his old law firm, from 1981-2003. Newton was active with many non-profit and educational institutions.

Newton died April 4, 2003.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :

The collection spans the years 1923 to 2003. The papers document Newton's professional life including the two terms he served as Mayor of Denver, his tenure as President of the University of Colorado and his legal career. Materials include newspaper clippings, correspondence, press releases, script texts, publications, reports, scrapbooks and campaign speeches. Some mayoral papers from Newton's predecessors comprise a portion of the mayoral documents as research Newton conducted for issues current during his terms. Correspondence with family and friends, newspaper clippings, travel diaries, awards comprise the personal papers. Also included are a few personal papers of his wife, Virginia Shafroth Newton and other Newton family members.

SELECTION OF RELATED MATERIAL :

James Quigg Newton Papers C MSS WH1223

Shafroth Family Papers C MSS WH912

SERIES 1 PROFESSIONAL PAPERS 1935-2002 BOX 1-7 :

This series documents Newton's career from his early days with the Securities and Exchange Commission through his employment as special council with Davis, Graham and Stubbs Law Firm. The bulk of the series focuses on his campaign, election and term as the Mayor of Denver and his tenure as President of the University of Colorado. Papers include newspaper clippings, correspondence, press releases, speech scripts, radio show transcripts, publications, brochures, and reports.

SERIES 2 PERSONAL PAPERS 1923-2003 BOX 7-11 :

The series comprises correspondence with Newton’s parents and other friends including William O. Douglas. It also includes papers from Newton’s days at Phillips Academy and Yale University, newspaper clippings, awards, and travel diaries. Graduate school papers, correspondence, and clippings belonging to his wife, Virginia Shafroth Newton, are contained in this series as well as Newton and Shafroth family genealogy.

SERIES 3 EPHEMERA 1954-1955 BOX 12 :

Ephemera in this series include a silver key to the city and an honorary beer stein.

SERIES 4 AUDIOVISUAL 1947-1953 AVBOX 1 :

The audiovisual series contains sound recordings made during Newton's mayoral campaign and administration.

SERIES 5 OVERSIZE 1932-1974, n.d. OVBOX 1-2, OVFOLIO 1-6 OVFF 1-2 :

Scrapbooks covering Newton’s campaign, terms as Mayor of Denver and his campaign for United States Senate are included in this series. Also included are membership certificates and awards.

SERIES 6 PHOTOGRAPHS 1920-2000 PHOTOBOX 1-2, OVPHOTOBOX 1 :

Images of James Quigg Newton, Jr., in his official roles of Mayor of Denver and President of the University of Colorado constitute the bulk of this series. Personal photographs and pictures of Newton with celebrities are also included.

SUBJECT ACCESS :

: SUBJECT ACCESS - :

  • Newton, James Quigg, 1911-2003 -- Archives.
  • Lawyers -- Colorado -- Denver.
  • Mayors -- Colorado -- Denver.
  • Denver (Colo.) -- Politics and government.

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