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Southern Colorado Ethnic Heritage & Diversity Archives

SCEHADA’s mission is to preserve the rich heritage of Southern Colorado’s diverse ethnic, racial and cultural groups by collecting, preserving and making available the records, papers and manuscripts of the individuals, families and organizations who make up these groups.

Colorado Chicano Movement Archives

This collection contains photographs, film, documents, and printed material related to the Mexicano people’s fight against racism and discrimination in Colorado. Part of a greater struggle challenging social injustice during the 1960s and 70s, the Chicano Movement was a powerful engine for change. While seeking transformation in the public education system, electoral politics, labor practices, and law and order policies, the movement also nurtured a cultural renaissance in Chicano art and literature.

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The CCMA comprises a dozen+ individual collections from Chicano activists and organizations including the papers of Juan Federico "Freddie Freak" Miguel Arguello Trujillo and Jose Esteban Ortega, CU-Boulder and Pueblo activists; the papers of Louie Luggs Garcia, Pueblo UFW, education and environmental racism activist; and the Deborah Martinez Martinez Papers which contain her interviews with Colorado Chicano leaders and Chicano newsletter.

Read "The Chicano Movement" by Fawn-Amber Montoya, PhD. To preview one of the CCMA collections, see "Select Images from the 'Freddie Freak' Trujillo Collection".

The Hispanic Heritage Collection

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The Ruben Archuleta Collection consists of artifacts, documents, photographs, films, books and other rare publications documenting the Penitentes. The Penitentes were a Hispanic lay brotherhood which arose in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado and which practiced some unusual and controversial penitential rituals, including physical mortification. The Archuleta also contains Spanish artifacts, including stirrups, bridles and other items used by the Conquistadors.

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The Liz Blanton Photograph Collection consists of 130 digitized images. Photographs are of several generations of members of the Aragon and allied families living in the colonia at Fowler, Colorado, ca. 1930s-1990s.

The Voices of Protest Oral History Collection contains interviews of Colorado Latino veterans conducted by Chicano Studies classes at CSU-Pueblo.

Italian Heritage Collection

description Vincent Massari was a Colorado Democratic legislator and newspaper publisher who was very active in the Italian-American community both locally and nationally. Massari was a strong anti-fascist voice speaking against Mussolini in the years leading up to the Second World War. Massari was also instrumental in the establishment of the Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo, Colorado. The collection contains scrap books assembled by Massari, Italian language newspapers and correspondence generated during his political career. The scrapbooks primarily contain newspaper clippings and ephemera. The documents detail Massari’s career, family and community involvement, United States relations with Italy and Italian-Americans in the news. Of particular interest is material documenting Massari’s anti-fascist beliefs, his participation and support of Columbus Day, and his successful push to create a four-year college in Pueblo.

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The Kathy Bacino Papers contain materials relating to the Italian-American community in Pueblo, Colorado, and the Bacino family particularly. This includes: alien registration papers for Ms. Bacino’s grandparents, badges for Italian-American mutual aid societies, and membership booklet, Societa’ Indipente Siciliana.

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The Anthony Rodosta Collection consists of a rare accordion, made by J. Bellino in Trinidad, Colorado in the 1920s. The accordion was made for Mr. Rodosta’s uncle, John Mulay. The accordion is one of only 14 made. Mulay played the accordion with his band, which travelled to various venues around southern Colorado. He later gave the accordion to Rodosta.

The Orman Collection of Native American Artifacts

The Orman Native American Artifact Collection, assembled by Colorado governor James B. Orman and continued by his son, Frederick Orman, was donated to the predecessor institution, Southern Colorado State College, of the University in 1964.

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The heart of the Collection includes approximately 200 pieces of Native American art and artifacts including Navajo rugs of the pan-reservation style of the early 20th century, pottery pieces representative of a variety of the Pueblo cultures, and a group of Jicarilla and Western Apache baskets ranging in date from approximately 600CE to the 1930s.

The scope of Orman Native American Collection represents a broad and diverse perspective of Native American material culture as it includes materials geographically ranging from the American Southwest and from present-day Colorado north to Alaska. Much of the Collection is textiles; including approximately 45 Navajo rugs of the pan-reservation style of the early 20th century. It also includes five rare German town eye-dazzlers. The Collection also contains approximately 40 pottery pieces representative of a variety of the Pueblo cultures of New Mexico and Arizona which are contemporary with the textile collection, ca. 1880-1940. The pottery includes household pieces as well as several examples of wares made for the tourist trade.

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Several of the major pottery-producing pueblos, including San Ildefonso, San Juan or Santa Clara and Santo Domingo are represented. A sizable group of Jicarilla and Western Apache baskets dating to the early 20th century comprise the other large portion of the Collection. The Collection also contains a small group of materials including musical instruments; moccasins and clothing; a headdress; three pieces of Northwest Coast sculpture; and complete scabbard, quiver, and bow and arrows. Finally, the collection also contains a small group of books, pamphlets and maps.

Orman Exhibit Gallery

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A selection of items from the Orman collection is on exhibit on the first floor of the LARC, in a gallery, just to the left of the front doors.

Increasing Access to the Orman Collection

The bulk of the Orman collection is in storage and not currently available for research. The artifacts were stored for many years in poor conditions and were only recently acquired by the University Library. In 2012, the Archives received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to conduct a preservation assessment. With the help of a follow-up grant from NEH and the assistance of a museum intern, we hope to make the collection accessible by the spring of 2015.