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Fray Angelico Chavez Collection

Identifier: AC 040

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the personal papers of Chávez. Includes typed manuscripts, letters sent and received, certificates, biographical materials, and newspaper clippings. Among the letters are correspondence with various publishers and Chávez's friend Frederick L. Grillo, as well as letters received from individuals such as Thornton Wilder, Paul Horgan, Erna Fergusson, Peter Hurd, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Collection also includes materials concerning the publication of Chávez's poem "The Virgin of Port Llegat" and Salvador Dali's painting "The Madonna of Port Llegat;" several Spanish documents concerning New Mexico; and a guest register book from the Montezuma Hotel in Santa Fe with signatures from 1899-1900, and 1921-1922. Additions to the collection come from the 2010 symposium celebrations the 100th birthday of Chávez. There is a condolence letter from Bill and Hilary Clinton.


  • 1929-1996


Language of Materials

English Spanish

Access Restrictions


Copy Restrictions

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


Angélico Chávez was born 1910 in Wagon Mound, New Mexico and died 1996 in Santa Fe. He was a Franciscan friar and a prominent New Mexican historian and writer. He wrote 24 books and also cataloged the archives of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.


3 Linear Feet


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. Email:
  7. URL:


Guide to the Fray Angélico Chávez Collection, 1929-2010
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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