The contents of the Yolanda M. Lopez Papers are comprised of both personal and professional materials generated by the artist
during the period 1961-1998. The bulk of the collection consists of incoming personal correspondence from family members and
fellow artists. This includes a large body of correspondence from Analee Lively, Lopez's half-sister, and another large amount
from Rene Yañez, with whom Lopez has maintained a relationship since the late 1970s. The second largest component of the collection,
the Biographical/Professional Activities series, contains a history of Lopez's professional development through clippings
of media mentions, announcement cards and posters for her exhibits and lectures, and various miscellaneous files and clippings
that relate to her work. The collection also includes several original silkscreens and offset posters, a number of slides,
a personal diary with irregular entries spanning from 1976-1979, and two video cassettes featuring Lopez. The greatest strengths
of the collection are the insight it gives into Lopez's personal and family life (especially in the late 1960s and 1970s),
and the record it provides of her professional development and achievements.
Yolanda Lopez was born in San Diego, California in 1942. As the eldest daughter of three, she was raised by her mother and
her mother's parents in the Logan Heights neighborhood.