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Carlos Gutierrez Papers

Identifier: MSS-2023-03-06

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials related to Carlos Gutierrez’s career as the longtime publisher and printer of the Springer Tribune Press, along with personal materials. The collection includes a “History of Springer Schools” with lists of graduates and faculty since 1957; “Small Town, Big History”, a history of Springer compiled by local schoolchildren; photographs (prints and negatives) from the Tribune archives, including school photos and photographs of local people and political figures, school events and athletics, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Philmont Ranch, the 1965 Springer flood, the Maxwell tornado of 1964 and the New Mexico Boys School; Tribune Press printing for the nearby Philmont Scout Ranch; Tribune clippings and selected issues; Tribune letterhead and original artwork; copies of a published compilation of Tribune columns by local historian Larry Murphy; Carlos Gutierrez’s apprenticeship papers and his military papers, as well as his father’s WWI discharge papers; and correspondence (much of it related to Carlos’s work as local Republican Party chairman). The collection is currently unprocessed. Please consult CSWR reference staff with questions or for access.


  • 1918 - 2019

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Carlos Phillip Gutierrez was born in on November 27, 1931 to Jose Hilario Gutierrez and Eloisa Olona Gutierrez in Springer, New Mexico. He began working at the Tribune Press at age 11. In 1951, Carlos joined the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War. Carlos returned to Springer in 1955 and married Valentina Duran from Hoehne, Colorado. Together they raised six daughters. After his military service, Carlos used the GI Bill to fund his apprenticeship as a printer. In 1972, Carlos purchased the Tribune Press and began working there side by side with his wife. Carlos was also involved in local politics, serving on the Springer School Board and multiple times as Municipal Judge, in which capacity he served for 20 years. He was also elected to Town Council, serving there for twelve years. Carlos was appointed by New Mexico Governor Bruce King to the Juvenile Parole Board. He was a member of American Legion Post 92 for 64 years, often serving as commander. Carlos and Valentina also owned and operated the Zia Theater and the Glad Youth Center Arcade in Springer. Valentina Gutierrez died in 2012. Carlos Gutierrez died October 7, 2019 in Springer, New Mexico.


1 Box

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Physical Location

Shelved on B3-3A.
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131