Marjorie K. McIntosh, Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at the University of Colorado Boulder, donated decades worth of research and work on the many books she wrote throughout her impressive academic and professional career. McIntosh boasts an Ivy League pedigree and the privilege to dedicate her life to academia; despite, or perhaps because of, this, she has defined her career by devoting years of research and writing about disenfranchised, underprivileged, and underrepresented groups in history.
Professor McIntosh began her career as a historian in British studies, writing about poor relief, social regulation, women’s labour in medieval through early modern England among other topics. Later in her career, McIntosh ventured into studying and writing about the women of the Yoruba and the effects Christian colonization and capitalism had on their autonomy and once egalitarian role in their communities. Even after her retirement, she interviewed members of the Latino community of Boulder County and wrote a book based on the Hispanic experience, tackling topics such as anti-immigration sentiment, racial profiling, and systematic oppression. The bulk of the McIntosh Collection is research, early drafts and outlines, and photocopies from British archives used to write her six books on medieval and early modern England.
The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Archives on June 6, 2018. This is story #85 in our series: 100 Stories for 100 Years from the Archives!