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Records of P.E.O. Chapter CO Colorado

Identifier: MPEO

Scope and Contents

The Records of P.E.O. Chapter CO Colorado consists of documents dated 1936 to 2016, with the bulk falling from 1975 to 1995. The majority of the collection consists of albums created by Chapter CO Colorado. The albums record events and activities of the chapter members and include marriage and death notices, photographs, newspaper clippings, and handwritten notes. Other materials include recipes, International P.E.O. booklets, and the original Chapter CO Colorado charter.


  • Creation: 1936-2019
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1975-1995


Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


The P.E.O. Sisterhood was founded January 21, 1869, as a seven-member sorority at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. While established as a collegiate association, in 1902 P.E.O. became a community organization. There are currently thousands of P.E.O. members in chapters across the United States and Canada. The mission of P.E.O. is to support women's education through grants, loans, awards, special projects, and stewardship of Cottey College.

The CO Chapter Colorado was established in 1936 in Fort Collins, the 93rd P.E.O. chapter in Colorado. Founded during the Great Depression, activities of members were limited to small fundraising opportunities and volunteer activities, but membership and opportunities increased rapidly. During World War II, members were involved with war activities such as knitting, making surgical dressings, seal campaigns, belonging to rationing boards, buying war bonds, and creating U.S.O. scrapbooks, as well as P.E.O. projects such as contributing to Cottey College and the State Welfare Fund. Chapter CO Colorado continues to be involved with the local community by volunteering in hospitals, with Avery House, and Read Aloud, and to fulfill the P.E.O. mission by supporting the Colorado Foundation Fund, the International Scholarship Fund, Cottey College, and the Colorado Welfare Fund.


8 linear feet (2 record cartons, 5 flat boxes, 3 flat folders)

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P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization focusing on education and opportunities for women. Chapter CO Colorado was established in 1936 as the 93rd chapter in the state. The collection contains albums documenting member activities, the original charter of Chapter CO, and booklets.


The collection consists of 2 series in 2 record cartons, 5 flat boxes, and 3 flat folders.

Series 1: Albums, 1936-2019

Series 2: Miscellany, 1994-2016 and undated


The Records of P.E.O. Chapter CO Colorado was donated by Julie L. Burness, President of Chapter CO Colorado, in September 2015. Accruals were donated by Burness in 2017 and 2019.


Processing was completed in October 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free boxes and folders.

Guide to the Records of P.E.O. Chapter CO Colorado
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Copyright 2015
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA