Charlene Simms Collection on Olibama Lopez Tushar, 1976-2022
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Brief Description: This collection consists of various newspaper articles detailing the accolades, awards, publications, and autobiography of Olibama Lopez Tushar, as well as a funeral card, writings by and about Olibama Lopez Tushar, event booklets, and photos. Also included is the second and fourth editions of the book entitled "The People of El Valle: A History of the Spanish Settlers in the San Luis Valley" by Olibama Lopez Tushar.
Held at:
Colorado State University-Pueblo Library
2200 Bonforte Blvd.
Pueblo, CO 81001
Phone: 719-549-2475
Fax: 719-549-2738
Email: beverly.allen [at]
Created by: Charlene Garcia Simms, Olibama Lopez Tushar (1906-2004)
Volume: 11.0 Folders
Acquired: 10/11/2023.
Arrangement: Arrangement of the collection is by topic.
Biographical Note for Charlene Garcia Simms :

Charlene Garcia Simms is a teacher-librarian from the San Luis Valley, specifically from the village of Garcia on the Colorado-New Mexico state line. She and her late husband, Ed, established El Escritorio Publishing in 1989, producing 15 books and magazines focusing on Southwest history, genealogy, Hispano culture, and Chicano art. Charlene is an author and poet, with various publications on genealogy and Southwest history. She contributed to an anthology called "Genealogy and the Librarian" and co-authored "Images of America, Pueblo." She edited and facilitated the publication of "Spanish/Mexican Legacy of Latinos in Pueblo County" and was involved in commissioning a mural, "Corazon del Pueblo," at the Rawlings Library in Pueblo.

In addition to her literary work, Charlene authored a memoir titled "The Orphan Stalk" and has written poems about her Manito Culture and identity. In 2019, Charlene was inducted as a Corn Mother, a project led by Renee Fajardo from Metro State University of Denver.

Access Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Subject Index
Mexican Americans -- History
Olibama Lopez Tushar
Pueblo (Colo.) -- History
San Luis Valley -- History
Genres/Forms of Material
Rights/Use Restrictions: Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
Acquisition Notes: Charlene Garcia Simms  The following material was acquired via donation.
PreferredCitation: Charlene Simms Collection on Olibama Lopez Tushar, Colorado State University-Pueblo Library, University Archives and Special Collections