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La Galeria de Los Artesanos Collection,

 Collection
Identifier: AC 400

Scope and Content

The collection consists of primarily fiscal, operational, and other bookstore related business files accumulated over fifty years of gallery and bookstore operations (boxes 4, 15-47; 49-56; 64). In addition to personal papers (boxes 1-3), Joseph and Diana Stein were also active in the Historical Society of New Mexico (bulk boxes 8-9), in downtown Las Vegas restoration projects, the United World College, and New Mexico history topics (boxes 5-9; 65), and in supporting local history writers (box 13). The collection includes materials and correspondence with many authors such as Fred Nolan, Richard Bradford, S. Omar Barker, Marc Simmons, Ann Nolan Clark (boxes 10-11), Lawrence Clark Powell (boxes 61; 66-67) and materials from illustrator Herman Ilfeld Bacharach (box 12). The Steins also collected New Mexico cookery material (box 14), a post card collection, photos, and a small Jewish Library Collection are also part of the collection (boxes 57-60). The collection has retained much of the order as received by the institution.

Dates

  • 1953-2004

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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

Biographical Information

In 1949, Joseph Stein opened La Galeria de Los Artesanos in Las Vegas, New Mexico. It was an art gallery that sold a few books. In 1955, he and Diana were married. In 1957 they moved the store from the Gazette Complex (which housed the old Las Vegas Gazette) on Moreno street to the historic Veeder Building on the West Plaza. In 1975, they moved the store to its third and final location on the Plaza into the building that once housed the offices of the Louis C. Ilfeld law firm. The store became the venue for writers to have book signings and readings. The Steins were the resource for collectors to locate out-of-print books on Western Americana. The bookstore closed its doors briefly in 1996 and then again in 2000 upon Joseph Stein's death, only to reopen again under Diana Stein's sole leadership.

Extent

69.5 lin. feet

Abstract

The collection consists of primarily fiscal, operational, and other bookstore related business files accumulated over fifty years of gallery and bookstore operations.

General

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: histlib@mnm.state.nm.us
  8. URL: http://www.palaceofthegovernors.org/library.html

General

Title
Inventory of the La Galeria de Los Artesanos Collection, 1953-2004
Status
Approved
Author
Processed by krobens
Date
©2006
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

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