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Mary Shivers Culpin Papers

Identifier: CONS281

Scope and Contents

The collection documents Mary Shivers Culpin's historical research work with the National Park Service and primarily contains copies of research materials, correspondence, memos, notes, maps, brochures, certificates, site plans, and photographs from 1894-2022.


  • 1894-2022, undated


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

Mary Martha Shivers Culpin was born in 1942 to Arley Cruse Shivers and Virginia Adolphus Shivers. She graduated from Aransas County High School, Rockport, Texas, in 1960 as class valedictorian. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor of Arts in History in December 1979 and was honored with a Phi Beta Kappa award. She married Alan Culpin, owner of Abracadabra Books (Denver), in 1978.

On January 29, 1978, Culpin joined the Rocky Mountain Regional Office of the National Park Service as a Co-Operative Education Student. The following year, she was hired as a Research Historian and later became Regional Historian for the Rocky Mountain Region. Culpin also worked for both the Cultural Resources Branch (History and Historic Preservation) and for the Natural Resources Branch (Federal Reserve Water Rights) of the National Park Service. She retired in 1999.


3 Boxes (3 linear feet)


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mary Shivers Culpin, 2022.

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Repository Details

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

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