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Olivia Tsosie Collection

Identifier: AC 539

Scope and Content

Olivia Tsosie's papers encompass family history, correspondence, personal writings, college notes and research, and materials on politics and community activism. They also contains records and materials for Onate Spanish Barb, Ltd. and the Spanish Barb Breeding Association. The collection reflects Tsosie's interests in a variety of subjects: horses, travel, and world affairs. Photographs were transferred to the Photo Archives.


  • 1960-2007

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.


Francisca Olivia Tsosie was born January 23, 1933 in Aberdeen, WA, and died February 9, 2007 in Santa Fe, NM. She had 8 children. She made her home in the village of Agua Fria since the early 1950s. She was a long term neighborhood activist on land use, water, environmental, governmental and social justice issues. She lead the movement to designate the community the Agua Fria Traditional Village. She founded Onate Spanish Barb Ltd., an organization dedicated to protecting and perpetuating that horse breed and was a member of the Spanish Barb Breeding Association. She earned a Master's Degree in Linguistics from UCLA and a nursing degree from Northern New Mexico Community College. Memberships include the Old Santa Fe Association (President), the Agua Fria Village Association, and numerous other organizations.


13 Linear Feet

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Separated Material

Photographic Materials Transferred to Photo Archives (HP 2012.01)
Guide to the Olivia Tsosie Collection, 1960-2007
Edited Full Draft
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090