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Charlene Simms Collection on Olibama Lopez Tushar, 1976-2022

By Lorenzo Zamora

Collection Overview

Title: Charlene Simms Collection on Olibama Lopez Tushar, 1976-2022

Creator: Charlene Garcia Simms

Extent: 11.0 Folders

Arrangement: Arrangement of the collection is by topic.

Date Acquired: 10/11/2023

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

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

Acquisition Source: Charlene Garcia Simms

Acquisition Method: The following material was acquired via donation.

Preferred Citation: Charlene Simms Collection on Olibama Lopez Tushar, Colorado State University-Pueblo Library, University Archives and Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

Folder 1: The People of El Valle by Olibama Lopez Tushar, 2nd & 3rd EditionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Lena Archuleta Community Service Award to Olibama Lopez Tushar, March 29, 2003Add to your cart.
Newspaper Articles, Itinerary, and Photograph
Folder 3: Parade Marshall of 150-year Anniversary of San Luis, 2001Add to your cart.
Newspaper Articles, Publication, and Photograph
Folder 4: San Luis Valley and Olibama Lopez Tushar, 1993-2004Add to your cart.
Correspondence, Newsletters, Publications, and Event Forms
Folder 5: The People of El Valle Editions, 1976-1998Add to your cart.
Newspaper Articles, Covers, and Reviews
Folder 6: Olibama Lopez Tushar Induction into Colorado Latino Hall of Fame, 2019Add to your cart.
Event Program
Folder 7: ASC Tushar Scholarship and The People of El Valle Copyright, 2004-2005Add to your cart.
Newspaper Article and Press Release
Folder 8: Olibama Lopez Tushar Biography, Dedication, Funeral Card, and Addition to the 4th Edition of The People of El Valle , 1990-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Fiesta Day Parade, Olibama Lopez Tushar Parade Marshal, 1993Add to your cart.
Newpaper Articles, Event Flyer, Publications, and Photograph
Folder 10: Olibama Lopez Tushar Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Induction, 2013-2022Add to your cart.
Nominee Forms, Invitation, Itinerary, and Event Program
Folder 11: Sculpture Bust of Olibama Lopez Tushar at Denver Public Library by Artist Carlota EspinoZa, November 2000Add to your cart.
Newspaper Articles, Correspondence, Invitation, and Photographs