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William T. Lumpkins Papers

Identifier: AC 139

Scope and Content

This collection includes William Lumpkins' diplomas and certificates, promotional material relating to his artistic and architectural pursuits as well as personal correspondence.

The approximately 5,000 architectural drawings are accessed through a separate inventory organized by job number. There is also an alphabetically arranged list organizing the architectural drawings by job number with client and location information.


  • 1930-1982

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Duplication allowed for research purposes. User responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Note

William Lumpkins, artist and architect, was born on 4/8/1910 in Clayton, N.M. He studied architecture and anthropology at the University of Southern California, industrial plant planning and personnel organization at the University of California Los Angeles and engineering at Colorado State College.

He began exhibiting his paintings in 1932. In 1936 he began his career as an architect and building supervisor. Between 1946 and 1952 he designed homes and institutional buildings from an office in New Mexico. Between 1952 and 1967 he designed buildings in La Jolla, California. In 1967 he returned to Santa Fe where he opened an office on Canyon Road. In 1973 and 1974 he financed and began working with a group of architects interested in developing principles of solar design. They called their firm Sun Mountain Design. Besides art and architecture William Lumpkins was actively involved in community planning, historic preservation and the American Civil Liberties Union.


1.5 Linear Feet

Separated Material

Approximately 5,000 architectural drawings by Lumpkins are housed and indexed separately from this collection.


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
  6. Fax: (+)505.476.5093
  7. Email:
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Guide to the William T. Lumpkins Papers, 1930-1982
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090