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Donated by Dorothy Horrell, President of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, on April 20, 2004.
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[Identification of item], The Stanton Family Papers, WH1757, Western History Collection, The Denver Public Library.
Number of boxes: 1 (1 linear foot)
Number of PhotoBoxes: 6
Number of OVPhotoFolios: 2
Oversize: 1 OVBox, 2 OVFolios
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :
Walter B. Stanton was born in Pennsylvania in 1873, but moved to Colorado with his parents sometime before 1900. His wife was Mary E. Stanton (b. Scotland; 1882). Walter and Mary Stanton lived for a time in California before returning to Denver. The couple had three sons: Robert Eugene (b. Petaluma, California; Sept. 17, 1903), John Frank (b. Denver, Colorado; June 21, 1906) and Charles Edwin (b. Denver, Colorado; June 5, 1909). Walter Stanton owned a livery stable, later a garage. The three Stanton sons grew up in Denver and attended West Denver High School.
The eldest son, Robert Eugene Stanton graduated from high school in 1922 and was a member of the National Defense Citizen’s Military. He went on to become a chemical engineer for the Conoco Oil Company and later worked with the Stearns-Roger Manufacturing Company. Robert E. Stanton assisted his brother, Charles E. Stanton with the operation of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Robert Eugene Stanton died in Denver, Colorado on July 21, 2000.
It is unclear if the second son, John Frank Stanton, also graduated from West Denver High School. He appears to have moved to California in the late-1920s and worked for a time on a ranch in Southern California in the 1930s. John F. Stanton died in Los Angeles on November 27, 1977.
The youngest son, Charles Edwin Stanton also graduated from West High School in 1927 and went on to study at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado and at the Parson Schools of Design in New York City, New York and Paris, France. He worked as an industrial designer with Raymond Loewy Associates in New York City and with Dorothy Draper as an interior designer on such projects as the Quitandinah Palace & Casino Resort, Petropolis, Brazil; Arrowhead Springs Hotel, California; Hampshire House, New York; and the Drake Hotel, Chicago, Illinois. Charles E. Stanton became one of the premier interior designers in the United States. He acted as interior decorator to President Truman during the White House renovation and reconstruction (1949-1952), and also decorated for Elizabeth Arden, and Lord & Taylor Department Store in New York City.
Charles E. Stanton became a well-known Denver socialite who in 1956 married May Bonfils, the heiress to the Fredrick Bonfils fortune. Charles E. and May Bonfils-Stanton lived southwest of Denver at her Belmar Mansion, a replica of Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon at Versailles. May Bonfils-Stanton died in 1962 and Charles E. Stanton lived at Belmar until 1970 when he donated the property to the Catholic Church. After May’s death, Stanton founded the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, which supports arts, culture, community service, science and medicine in Denver. Charles E. Stanton died in Denver, Colorado on April 1, 1987.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :
The Stanton Family Papers span the years 1846-1999. The bulk of the collection relates to Charles E. Stanton and Robert E. Stanton. Material consists of black/white and color photographs, negatives, slides, and photo albums; engineering and surveying certificates; and yearbooks. The materials associated with Robert E. Stanton document his work as a chemical engineer for the Conoco Oil Company. The collection also includes Robert E. Stanton’s West High School yearbooks as well as a Sherman School class photograph from 1918. The bulk of the materials associated with Charles Stanton consist of photographs of his residences in Denver and San Francisco as well as photographs of his friends and travels. Numerous photographs of Frank Stanton from 1959-1976 document his travels with his wife, Ruth. Ruth Stanton labeled the majority of these photographs with names, dates and locations.
SERIES 1 ROBERT E. STANTON AND CHARLES E. STANTON PAPERS 1846-1999 BOX 1 :
This series comprises the papers of Robert E. Stanton and Charles E. Stanton. These papers include Robert’s cradle roll certificate, a salary increase notice, engineering and surveying certificates, and an article from Conoco Magazine written by Robert E. Stanton. Also included: yearbooks, a boy scout certificate, a military training camp yearbook edited and illustrated by Robert E. Stanton, life insurance policies, high school diplomas, and an appointment of Robert E. Stanton to Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. The materials related to Charles E. Stanton comprise a life insurance policy, his West High School yearbook and diploma, and a Christmas card sent from the Belmar mansion
SERIES 2 PHOTOGRAPHS 1880-1987 PHOTOBOX 1-6, OVPHOTOFOLIO 1-2 :
The photos in this series comprise three photo albums and separated photos. The photo albums contain photos of the Stanton Family from the 1890s to the early part of the 20th century.
SERIES 3 OVERSIZE MATERIALS 1844-1968 OVBOX 1, OVFOLIO 1 :
This series contains Robert E. Stanton’s engineering certificates, a sketch for the Bonfils Stanton mausoleum and the Stanton family bible.
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