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Records of the Press of the Palace of the Governors

Identifier: AC 278

Scope and Content

The collection contains administrative and educational program records and production materials of the Palace print shop, from 1974 to 1997. Administrative records consist of correspondence, financial materials, and examples of shop sales and mail orders. Educational program include an annual book arts festival, exhibits, lectures, and printing workshops. Production materials for printing chiefly consist of samples; for projects initiated by the Press, the materials include manuscripts, original illustrations, galleys and dummies reflecting the development of its fine quality, limited edition publications.

While some early materials were printed by Peter Wells, the first museum preparator of the print shop, the collection in its entirety reflects the growth of the print shop under Pamela Smith, Master Printer. As of 1996, the Print Shop equipment included a Ramage Press (1820), Washington Hand Press (1835), a treadle-operated Chandler & Price Platen Press (1899), and a Kelsey Star Platen Press (1890); over two hundred metal type fonts; and book binding equipment represents that used in the publishing trade of nineteenth century New Mexico, and is used for the typesetting, printing and binding of print shop publications.

The works produce by the print shop also document Smith's career development and the renaissance of the book arts in New Mexico. While early project work centered primarily on reprints of territorial publications, postcards and stationary, by the 1980s Smith was producing such award-winning books as Tales of the Mountain Menand Historic Book Arts Projects. As her own printing and marbling skills evolved, Smith was instrumental in encouraging the local growth of these and other fine book crafts. She sponsored lectures, demonstrations and workshops by nationally prominent artisans and writers such as Hedi Kyle, Sukey Hughes, David Godine, Paul Horgan and Lawrence Clark Powell, who provided insight into everything from papermaking, bookbinding and publishing to writing and the literary scene of the Southwest. In addition, Smith held an annual book arts festival from 1980 to 1985, drawing demonstrators and participants from across the country. The print shop has also served as a training ground for aspiring printers and binders through internships, employment and project works


  • 1974-1997


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Copy Restrictions

Duplication allowed for research purposes.The copyright interests in the material published by the Palace Press are owned by the Press of the Palace of the Governors. For all other records, user is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Institutional History

The Palace Print Shop and Bindery is a working exhibition of 19th century hand-operated printing presses and binding equipment at the Palace of the Governors' History Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The exhibit was established in 1970 when the Museum acquired the defunct printing plant of the Estancia News-Herald from the J. L. Hollenbeck family of Albuquerque. Sine 1971, the Press of the Palace of the Governors, operated by the Print Shop, has reprinted handbills and newspapers originally published in territorial New Mexico and has produced a series of finely crafted hand-made books. Revenues from publications and small printing jobs, support some of the operations of the Print Shop.


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Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. Box 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 Records of the Press of the Palace of the Governors, 1974-1997
Edited Full Draft
Processed by Lee Goodwin
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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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