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Keables Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ISA-MS-004

Scope and Contents

Refers to the inactive working papers of 'Iolani School faculty member Harold Keables. Contains lesson topics, assignments, teaching notes, and graded student writing samples including marginalia by Mr. Keables.
For the endowed chair program featuring annual guest lecturers see RG011 Keables Chair.


  • Creation: 1930s - 1980s

Biographical / Historical

Mr. Harold R. Keables taught English at ‘Iolani School from 1964 to 1980, after devoting 30 years to students in the Denver public school system. He was named Life magazine Teacher of the Year in 1960 and recipient of the Yale University Distinguished Teacher awars in 1962. He is remembered fondly and highly respected for demanding diligence from his students.

A Native of Canon City, Colorado, Mr. Keables was born on January 28, 1900 and died in 1982 at age 82.
A.B. University of Denver
Graduate coursework at: University of Denver, Union Theological Seminary, and the University of Colorado.
Honorary Doctor of Humanities, University of Colorado
Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Denver

Other Professional Work:
Advisory Editor, Literary Cavalcade
Advisory Editor, Ginn and Company (publisher)
Member of the National Advisory Committee for the Scholastic Magazines, Scholastic Writing Awards.

The Keables Chair and Keables Scholar are endowed programs at 'Iolani School, named in his honor, bringing guest lecturers to campus.


6.25 Linear Feet (10 containers) : 3 - Storage Cartons; 2 - Card File Boxes; 1 - Document Box; 3 - Half Storage Cartons; 1 - Half Document Box

Language of Materials



Books from Keables' personal library. In 1980 Keables donated the 11 volumes to the Upper School Library collection where they remained until a reorganization in June 2018. Physically transferred to the 'Iolani School Archives in June 2018; accessioned (2022-001) November 2021.

Related Materials

Various issues of the 'Iolani School Bulletin were written by or about Keables. For example: Keables, Harold. "Focus on Writing -- Mostly Creative," Iolani School Bulletin, Spring 1975, p. 13-16.

Keables Papers
A guide to the collection in the 'Iolani School Archives.
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Repository Details

Part of the 'Iolani School Archives Repository

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