The Baur�s Collection (1906-2001) documents the establishment and growth of the O. P. Baur Confectionery Company in Denver, Colorado. This mixed collection contains materials related to the corporate history of the business, including photographs, advertisements, menus, employee newsletters, baking & confectionery artifacts, and most notably over 1,000 recipes dating from 1934-1961, which comprise eight bound volumes of recipes.
Colloquially known as Baur�s, and established when Colorado was still a territory, the company was founded by German immigrant Otto P. Baur in 1870, and soon became synonymous with quality, Old World elegance, and unique creations. It quickly became a fixture in the Denver community, with many of Baur's modern-minded decisions serving as historic touchstones. In 1860, Otto Baur personally served free biscuits to the Native Americans who camped in Denver. During the Great Depression, his shop passed out free ice cream cones to children--a gesture that soon became an anticipated annual event. And in the late 1930s, before the era of racial integration, Baur�s took a stand and served amid protests, the racially-mixed party of the legendary African-American singer Marian Anderson, who was in town for several performances.
Although Baur's closed in 1970, just shy of a century in business, the longevity of Baur�s popularity as a Denver institution reflects their dedication to the community, to their cadre of loyal employees, to modern management practices, and most of all to creating a range of exceptional products.
Access note: Digital photos on CD in the "Photographs and moving image" series are available only for educational and research use. They may not be reproduced. Permission for reproduction, publication, or commercial use of any kind must be granted by the donor. Please contact the Stephen H. Hart Library & Research Center for more information.