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Santa Fe Fiesta Council Collection

Identifier: AC 401

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, committee reports, board, and general meeting minutes, newsclippings, financial information, events and parades information, De Vargas and La Reina contestant applications, and materials relating to the promotion and the operation of the Santa Fe Fiesta. Collection includes by-laws, operating manuals, and contracts.


  • 1919-2003

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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

Organizational History

The Santa Fe Fiesta Council is a volunteer organization created by the Official Fiesta Proclamation on September 16, 1712. The ayuntamiento (town council) of 1712 decreed an annual commemoration of the reconquest of Santa Fe. There has been some form of celebration since. The modern fiesta as it is now presented dates from 1919. Today the Santa Fe Fiesta Council is comprised of 100 regular members and 20 representatiives of civic organizations and businesses. This group of people has a common interest to promote, manage and perpetuate the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe for the benefit of the City of Santa Fe, its citizens and their descendants. The Fiesta Council enlists the cooperation of residents, the Catholic Church, the local business community, and both City and County of Santa Fe officials.

The Fiesta celebrates the reconquest of the area by Don Diego de Vargas in 1692 and 1693. It is essentially Spanish in concept but now includes Indian and Anglo-American cultures as well. Its celebration includes Spanish and Mexican music, Spanish and Indian dancing, pageants, church services, processions, parades, and the burning of Zozobra (Old Man Gloom).


27.25 Linear Feet


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angelico Chavez History Library
  2. P.O. Box 2087
  3. The Palace of the Governors
  4. Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087
  5. Phone: 505-476-5090
  6. Fax: 505-476-5053
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Processing Information

Santa Fe Fiesta Collection, 1919-1984" (formerly AC 201) has been dissolved and integrated into this (AC 401) collection.
Inventory of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council Collection, 1919-2003
Processed by Kathryn Robins
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Finding aid is in English[OCLC 64431761]

Revision Statements

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

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