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Opalanga Donna Pugh Papers

Identifier: ARL227

Content Description

Contains material related to Opalanga Pugh's professional and personal life including programs, photographs, oral history, awards, event information, newspaper clippings and articles and material related to her father Dempsey A. Pugh.


  • 1947-2013


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Opalanga Donna Pugh was born October 31, 1952, in Denver, Colorado, to Thomas and Mary Edmonson. She had one brother Lloyd E. Pugh. Pugh was a storyteller in the African oral tradition and travelled, worked and studied in West Africa. She attended East High School and received her B.S. degree in communication studies from the University of Wisconsin. She worked as a professional storyteller in Denver and Five Points as well as travelling throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, West Africa and the Caribbean. She passed away on June 5, 2010.


3 Boxes (2.5 linear feet)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Lloyd E. Pugh, 2011.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205