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Helen Blumenschein Collection

Identifier: AC 376

Scope and Content

There is material from her war service, correspondence, drawings, and publications. Her historical writings about Taos valley and other areas in New Mexico are included. Research manuscripts on archaeology and history are in the collection. In addition, there are materials from many of the organizations that interested Blumenschein, such as the Wilderness Society. There is also banking and tax material.


  • 1910-1989


Language of Materials

English, and Spanish.

Access Restrictions


Copy Restrictions

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

Biographical/Historical Note

Helen Greene Blumenschein was a celebrated artist, historian, archaelologist, and environmentalist. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to the prominent artists, Ernest L. and Mary Greene Blumenschein, Helen moved to Taos, New Mexico at age ten. She lived there most of her life. She attended the Sisters of Loretto Catholic School in Taos and then Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn. She studied Art in Paris for two years and then studied in New York at the Art Students League.

During WWII she served with the Women's Army Corps as a lieutenant in the South Pacific. After the war she returned to Taos and persued her art work, historical writing, and amateur archaeological excavations.


20 Linear Feet

Related Archival Material

The following collections are located at the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library:

Ernest L. Blumenschein Collection (AC 354)

Ernest L. Blumenschein Papers (AC 021-p)

Mary Greene Blumenschein Collection (AC 410)

Separated Material

Photos transferred to Photo Archives


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 Helen Blumenschein Collection, 1910-1989
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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