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Edward McLean Collection

Identifier: AC 322

Scope and Content

Collection consists of Edward McLean's handbound books, his estate papers, materials about him, a catalogue of books bound by him and of his rare book collection. Included are pamphlets and articles about churches, missions, St. Francis Cathedral, and architecture in New Mexico. There is also a 15th century Italian vellum illustrated manuscript.


  • 1935-1993

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Copy Restrictions

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

Personal History

Edward McLean was born in Victor, Colorado, in 1905 and spent many years in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He had three careers - that of a dancer, a master bookbinder, and a publisher. His publishing company, Libros Escogidos, published three books: Fifteen New Mexico Santos (1941); Vicente Silva and his 40 Bandits (1947); and Three Letters from St. Louis (1958). McLean held positions at the Library of Congress, the Folger Library, the Detroit Public Library, Duke University, and Arizona State University. He developed a highly individualistic American technique in bookbinding which he taught across the country. McLean died in Colorado in September 1982 at the age of 76.


1 linear foot


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:
  8. URL:


Guide to the Edward McLean Collection, 1935-1993
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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