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Penley Family papers and photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C-15008

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of 3 document boxes (0.8 cu. ft. total), as well as four folders of photographs, containing correspondence, photos, ephemera, ledger books, publications and school books, a single CD, and watercolor paintings created by Annie Lapham while traveling on a ship to migrate to America.


  • 1873-1973

Conditions Governing Access

Douglas County Libraries Archives and Local History material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

The collection is used in the presence of Archives and Loacl History staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with permission of staff.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Mortimer ("Mortie") Penley was born in 1858, in the small town of Dursley, in Gloucester, England. Mortie came to Colorado in 1878 and named his ranch "Cam Glen" after his home in England. The property, which later became known as Penley Ranch, was nestled in the foothills of Jarre Canyon, Douglas County, Colorado. In addition to cattle and crops, Edward and his wife Annie raised 8 children on the ranch. Mortie passed away in 1923.


0.8 Cubic Feet (3 boxes and 4 file folders.)

Language of Materials



Most items were arranged by item-type (e.g. correspondence, ephemera, photographs, etc.), and then by date (if applicable).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated from Jane Penley to the Douglas County History Research Center.

Processing Information

Processed by Blake Graham. Delicate material is present. Mathematics book had pressed flowers between the pages. Flowers were placed in mylar sleeves by Julia Waters and left in their original locations in the book.

Guide to the Penley Family Papers and Photographs, 1873-1973
Under Revision
Blake Graham
8 September 2015
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Local History, Douglas County Libraries Repository

Douglas County Libraries
100 S Wilcox St
Castle Rock CO 80104 United States