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A Guide to the Cleo Wallace Papers


Collection number: M073

Collection Summary 4.5 linear feet (3 record boxes, 1 flat box)

Historical or Biographical Note

Cleo Spurlock Wallace, the founder and longtime director of Wallace Village for Children, was born in Garo, Colorado, on July 29, 1914. She was a distinguished teacher and humanitarian, who dreamed of developing a unique school for children with brain injuries. She attended primary and secondary schools in Longmont and Salida, Colorado and graduated as salutatorian from Manitou Springs High School in Manitou Springs, Colorado in 1933. In the fall of that year, she entered the University of Denver as one of the first six recipients of full four-year tuition alumni scholarships. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1937. That same year, she married Thomas Wallace, an investment banker. __In 1942, Wallace received a Rockefeller Foundation Teaching Fellowship and returned to the University of Denver, where she received her master's degree in speech pathology in 1943. In December 1943, while teaching at Wheat Ridge High School, a Denver physician asked Wallace if she would provide private speech therapy to one of his young patients after school. By June, she had three children with whom she was working in the basement of her home. ''That first child back in 1943 actually started Wallace Village,'' she later stated. With the assistance of local businessman Henry Winter, the Wallace School for Speech Therapy was incorporated as a non-profit organization at 4414 Logan Street on June 1, 1948. Wallace moved in with five teachers and thirty students. That same year, Wallace's husband died, and Wallace dedicated the rest of her life to the school. In 1954, Wallace was able to purchase eighty-four acres of land near Broomfield, Colorado for her school. Construction of a new school began and the entire program moved to its new location by 1960. That same year, the Board of Trustees renamed the school The Wallace Village for Children. Wallace received numerous awards and honors during her lifetime for her work with children with disabilities, including the Evans Award from the University of Denver Alumni Association and the First Citizen Award from Regis College. She also received an appointment to the White House Conference on Services for Handicapped Children in 1950 and a presidential appointment to the National Advisory Neurological Diseases and Stroke Council in 1972. Wallace remained Executive Director of Wallace Village until her retirement in 1974. She later moved to Sun City, Arizona, but she continued her relationship with Wallace Village as a consultant until her death on August 26, 1985. She was seventy-one years old.

Collection Scope and Content

The Cleo Wallace Papers consist of materials related to Wallace’s personal life, as well as her professional career as founder and Executive Director of Wallace Village. The collection traces the history of Wallace Village, including the role of Wallace in its creation, development and growth through the years. The collection spans 1947-1985 and ultimately speaks to one woman’s history and vision to create a school that met the unique educational needs of children with brain injuries. Included in the collection are Wallace’s academic records and diplomas, awards and honors, correspondence, photographs, memorials, newspaper clippings, and other private papers. The collection also contains handmade tactile boards used in speech therapy. In addition, the collection contains some of Wallace's subject files related to her work as Executive Director of Wallace Village. The Wallace Village records include administrative, development, history, technique manuals, speeches, staff training manuals and school self-study evaluations. Also included are materials related to Henry A. Winters, an early benefactor of the Wallace School.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series: 1. Personal Papers. 2. Wallace Village Subject Files. 3. Oversized Materials.

Restrictions on Access

Some records may be restricted.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Preferred Citation

Cleo Wallace Papers, Rediscovery Archives Client

Provenance: N/A

Subjects: Brain-damaged children, Services for, Children with mental disabilities, Education, Brain, Wounds and injuries, Patients

Detailed Description of the Records:

Series 01: Personal Papers ,

Series 1 is arranged by subject.

0001 Box 1

0001.0001 Academic Records - Diplomas 1947-1985

0001.0002 Awards and Honors 1947-1985

0001.0003 Correspondence - 1947-1963 1947-1963

0001.0004 Correspondence - 1964-1980 1964-1980

0001.0005 Correspondence - 1981-1985 1981-1985

0001.0006 Correspondence - Undated 1947-1985

0001.0007 Legal Documents - Last Will and Testament, Trust Agreement 1947-1985

0001.0008 O.P. Spurlock Personal Papers 1947-1985

0001.0009 Biographical Materials 1947-1985

0001.0010 Birth Certificate, Baptism Certificate, Autopsy Report, Obituaries 1947-1985

0001.0011 ''So You Want to Live'' 1947-1985

0001.0012 Misc. Papers 1947-1985

0001.0013 Photographs - Personal 1947-1985

0001.0014 Photographs - Personal 1947-1985

0001.0015 Photographs - Wallace Village Board and Staff 1947-1985

0001.0016 Photographs - Wallace Village 4C Campus Shots 1947-1985

0001.0017 Tactile Boards 1947-1985

0001.0018 Tactile Boards 1947-1985

0001.0019 Therapeutic Techniques as Applied to Reading 1947-1985

0001.0020 Class Notes and Papers 1947-1985

Series 02: Wallace Village Subject Files ,

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject. The original subject file titles were maintained.

0001 Box 1

0001.0021 Administrative - Part 1 1947-1985

0001.0022 Administrative - Part 2 1947-1985

0001.0023 Administrative - Part 3 1947-1985

0001.0024 Administrative - Part 4 1947-1985

0001.0025 Ambassador’s Club 1947-1985

0001.0026 Anniversary - 25th 1947-1985

0001.0027 Anniversary - 40th 1947-1985

0001.0028 Audiovisual Programs 1947-1985

0001.0029 Auxiliary-Manuals 1947-1985

0001.0030 Auxiliary-Misc. 1947-1985

0001.0031 Auxiliary-Notebook 1947-1985

0002 Box 2

0002.0001 Board of Trustees 1947-1985

0002.0002 Camp 1947-1985

0002.0003 Children 1947-1985

0002.0004 Colorado State Home Material – Part 1 1947-1985

0002.0005 Colorado State Home Material – Part 2 1947-1985

0002.0006 Colorado State Home Material – Part 3 1947-1985

0002.0007 Colorado State Home Material – Part 4 1947-1985

0002.0008 Development - Part 1 1947-1985

0002.0009 Development – Part 2 1947-1985

0002.0010 Development – Part 3 1947-1985

0002.0011 Development – Part 4 1947-1985

0002.0012 Development Campaign – Irving Seidner 1947-1985

0002.0013 Development - Correspondence and Drafts 1947-1985

0002.0014 Development - P.R. Sample Letters and News Releases 1947-1985

0002.0015 Dr. Cleere Licensure 1947-1985

0002.0016 Dreams 1947-1985

0002.0017 Exhibits - Current 1947-1985

0002.0018 Extraneous Organizations and Activities 1947-1985

0002.0019 Financial Reports - Tax Information - Farm Lease 1947-1985

0002.0020 Financial Statements – 1950-1977 1950-1977

0002.0021 Forest Heights Lodge 1947-1985

0002.0022 History - Part 1 1947-1985

0002.0023 History - Part 2 1947-1985

0002.0024 History - Part 3 1947-1985

0002.0025 Home Programs - RESTRICTED 1947-1985

Student Records (Restricted)

0002.0026 Jameson Report - 1977 1977

0002.0027 Lectures 1947-1985

0002.0028 Legislative Interests 1947-1985

0002.0029 Letters of Recommendations - January 5, 1977 1977

0002.0030 Licensure 1947-1985

0002.0031 Long Term Planning - 1970 1970

0002.0032 Mailing Information 1947-1985

0002.0033 Management Survey - 1960 1960

0002.0034 Manual of Techniques (Children) 1976 - Part 1 1976

0002.0035 Manual of Techniques (Children) 1976 - Part 2 1976

0002.0036 Manual of Techniques - Part 1 1947-1985

0002.0037 Manual of Techniques - Part 2 1947-1985

0002.0038 Medical Advisory Committee 1947-1985

0002.0039 Parents 1947-1985

0003 Box 3

0003.0001 Press and Press Releases 1947-1985

0003.0002 Professional Consultants 1947-1985

0003.0003 Proposals 1947-1985

0003.0004 Publications - External 1947-1985

0003.0005 Publications - Misc. 1947-1985

0003.0006 Publications - Misc. 1947-1985

0003.0007 Publications - Misc. 1947-1985

0003.0008 Publications - The Village Concept 1947-1985

0003.0009 ''Quotes'' 1947-1985

0003.0010 Self Study - Part 1 1947-1985

0003.0011 Self Study - Part 2 1947-1985

0003.0012 Sigma Chi 1947-1985

0003.0013 Special Events - Part 1 1947-1985

0003.0014 Special Events - Part 2 1947-1985

0003.0015 Speeches 1947-1985

0003.0016 Staff 1947-1985

0003.0017 Staff - Personnel Policies 1947-1985

0003.0018 Staff Training 1947-1985

0003.0019 Students - RESTRICTED 1947-1985

Material in this file is restricted as they are student records.

0003.0020 Study of The Wallace School - 1957 1957

0003.0021 Switzer Center (Wallace Consulting) - Part 1 1947-1985

0003.0022 Switzer Center (Wallace Consulting) - Part 2 1947-1985

0003.0023 Techniques 1947-1985

0003.0024 The Wallace Village Story 1982

0003.0025 Union Information 1947-1985

0003.0026 Wallace - Management Techniques 1947-1985

0003.0027 Wallace School Speaker’s Kit 1947-1985

0003.0028 Wallace Village Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation 1947-1985

0003.0029 Wallace Village - Misc. 1947-1985

0003.0030 Winter, Henry A. and Winter, Esther S. - Part 1 1947-1985

0003.0031 Winter, Henry A. and Winter, Esther S. - Part 2 1947-1985

0003.0032 Winter, Henry A. Endowment Fund 1947-1985

0003.0033 Winter, Henry A. - Misc. 1947-1985

0003.0034 Writing Development - Tactile Boards, etc. 1947-1985

Series 03: Oversized Materials ,

Series 3 is arranged by format.

0004 Box 4

0004 The Wallace School, 1949 A description of the Wallace School.

PN.E.14.16.3


0004 The Wallace School, 1949 A description of the Wallace School.

PN.E.14.16.3


0004 Picture Album/Scrapbook, 1947-1985

PN.E.14.16.3


0004 WALLACE VILLAGE: This is Your Life, 1947-1985

PN.E.14.16.3


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