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Priscilla S. Mares Papers

Identifier: WH2065

Scope and Contents

The collection contains an assortment of materials documenting Mares' life as a student at the University of Denver (1945-1946); items related to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (1948, 1960, n.d.); documentation on Mares' involvement with different Hispanic American organizations and the awards she received; newspaper clippings; and photographs.


  • 1945-1995


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

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

Priscilla Sanchez was born in 1924, in Lemitar, New Mexico. In 1926, she moved to Denver with her family, graduating from North High School in 1942. She married Bonifacio "Bonnie" Mares in 1948. The couple started the first Mexican restaurant in North Denver in 1960. Called the Taco-Ria, they operated the restaurant until 1978. Priscilla Mares was well known as a community activist in the Hispanic/Latino community, and served as executive secretary of the Latin American Educational Foundation (1965-1977). She was also appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a Colorado delegate to the first White House Conference on Hispanic Issues in El Paso, Texas (1967) and was selected by then-Archbishop James V. Casey to the Archdiocese Human Relations Commission (1969-1971). She received numerous citations, certificates and awards for her activities. In later years Mares received a B.A. in History from Regis University (1992). She died in Denver, Colorado in 1995.


1 OVFolio

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Don Mares, 2008.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.

Varying Form of Title

Priscilla Sanchez papers.

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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Denver CO 80204 United States