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About the Colorado Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Colorado Encyclopedia, a twenty-first-century reference work on the Centennial State.

The Colorado Encyclopedia began in 2009 when Colorado Humanities convened a group of Colorado enthusiasts to talk about developing a reliable compendium of information on life in Colorado. From these conversations a state encyclopedia began to take shape. Through the contributions of many collaborators, it has grown to fruition.

From the start, a few principles have governed the development of the Encyclopedia: its entries and essays had to be authoritative but also accessible to a wide audience, and it had to be an online publication in order to remain up-to-date and reach as many people as possible.

The initial set of Encyclopedia entries are organized into six sections - Origins, Diversity, Community, Ecology, Political Economy, and Place - to provide users with a coherent body of knowledge. Section Editors were responsible for recruiting writers, identifying topics, and writing an essay to introduce the section and its pertinence to Colorado. Initial contributors included undergraduate and graduate students as well as nationally known scholars and local experts, and the topics were chosen by the editors in a collaborative fashion.

To ensure the Encyclopedia is relevant to students and educators in the state's school system, it includes entries and essays leveled for 4th, 8th-, and 10th-grade students and curricular materials such as primary sources and Annotated Resource Sets. Finally, the Encyclopedia includes information for scholars and researchers interested in an in-depth understanding of the state's development.

Colorado Encyclopedia is funded in part by

A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this site do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
A History Colorado State Historical Fund grant. The content and opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of History Colorado.
 
With this support, staff, editors, advisors, and contributors have been working to produce an online, one-stop, reliable resource for all those interested in learning about this extraordinary state.

 

William Wei, PhD

Editor-in-Chief

August 18, 2015

Our Team

Editorial Staff

Editor-in-Chief: William Wei, PhD, Professor of History, University of Colorado-Boulder

Managing Editor: Dawn Paschal, Assistant Dean for Digital Library and ePublishing Services, Colorado State University

Editorial Assistant: Nick Johnson, MA, Colorado Humanities

Historic Site Editorial Assistant: Scott Spillman, PhD, Colorado Humanities

Education Editor: Cynthia K. Stout, PhD, Jefferson County School District (retired)

 

Governance Board

Margaret Coval, Executive Director, Colorado Humanities

Alan Lamborn, PhD, Associate Provost for Educational Attainment, Colorado State University

Darrin Pratt, Director, University Press of Colorado

 

Editorial Advisory Board

William Convery, PhD, History Instructor, University of Colorado-Denver, Former State Historian

Edward Crowther, PhD, Professor of History, Adams State University

Stephen Leonard, PhD, Professor of History, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Peter McCormick, PhD, Professor of Environmental Studies, Fort Lewis College

Thomas J. Noel, PhD, Professor of History, University of Colorado-Denver

 

Technology Advisory Board

Dawn Paschal, Assistant Dean for Digital Library and ePublishing Services, Colorado State University

Regan Harper, Director of Networking and resource Sharing, Colorado State Library

Beth Oehlerts, Digital Services Librarian, Colorado State University Libraries

Mark Shelstad, Digital Collections Services Coordinator, Colorado State University Libraries

Greg Vogl, Middleware Developer, Academic Computing and Networking Services, Colorado State University Libraries

Yongli Zhou, Associate Professor, Colorado State University Libraries

 

Marketing

Josephine Jones, MA, Director of Programs & Center for the Book, Colorado Humanities

 

Media Acquisitions

Emily Bond, Colorado State University

 

University Press of Colorado

Lauren Anderson, copyeditor

Cheryl Carnahan, copyeditor

Laura Furney, Assistant Director & Managing Editor, University Press of Colorado

Tracy Jones, copyeditor

Sonya Manes, copyeditor

 

Education Advisory Board

Michelle Delgado, Aurora Public Schools

Chris Elnicki, MA, District Social Studies Coordinator K-12, Cherry Creek Schools

Jason Hanson, MA, Center of the American West, University of Colorado-Boulder

Stephanie Hartman, PhD, Social Studies Content Specialist, Colorado Department of Education

Michelle Pearson, Historic Preservation Education Grants Coordinator, State Historical Fund, History Colorado

JJ Rutherford, MA, Director of Museums Programs, History Colorado

Brooke Tolmachoff, MA, Social Studies Content coordinator, Adams 12 Five Star Schools

 

Content Specialists and Student Interns

Asunta Barone

Andrew Cabrall

Michael Conniff

Sean Fallon

Thomas Gilbert

Claire Lanier

Zach Lewis

Sam Routhier

Dane Vanhoozer

 

Emeritus

Anne Hyde, Community Section Editor (2009-16)

Reem Abu-Baker, Editorial Assistant (2013-14)

Josephine Jones, Managing Editor (2009-16)

Leigh Grinstead, Digital Services Consultant, LYRASIS (Technology Advisory Board, 2013-15)

Daniela Rovida, Library Technician, Colorado State University Libraries

Developers

Colorado HumanitiesUniversity Press of Colorado

Sponsors

History Colorado State Historical FundNational Endowment for the Humanities

Partners

Center of the American WestColorado Tourism OfficeColorado Department of Education Colorado State LibraryMetropolitan State University of Denver

Copyright Notice

The Colorado Encyclopedia features original as well as repurposed content. The Encyclopedia credits the source of all repurposed material and, where necessary, has attempted to secure permission from the rights holders. If you believe the Colorado Encyclopedia is infringing your copyright, please fill out the contact form and identify the material you wish to discuss.