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William deBuys Papers

Identifier: AC 640

Scope and Content

This collection contains the research materials that William deBuys used to produce a MA, a PhD, several books and many articles. Most of these concerned the environment in the Southwest, particularly the mountains of New Mexico and the Imperial Valley of California

When the Baca Ranch was purchased in 2000 resulting in the creation of the Valles Caldera National Preserve and the Valles Caldera Trust to manage the Preserve, deBuys served as chairman of the trust. As an ecologist he was concerned with anything that disturbed the natural rhythm of the environment, in particular the impact of human presence on the Pecos Wilderness and the Imperial Valley. Among the books that he wrote are Enchantment and Exploitation, River of Traps, and Salt Dreams


  • 1990-2010

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The collection is open for research.

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Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.


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William deBuys Papers, 1990-2010
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Finding aid is in English

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