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Jerilou and Kingsley Hammett Collection

Identifier: AC 444

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the personal papers of Jerilou and Kingsley Hammett. Ms. Hammett’s involvement in the Santa Fe community is chronicled through her personal scrapbook, "Santa Fe: The Years of Radical Citizenship, 1978-2007." Along with newspaper clippings that detail the participation of both Hammetts in local politics and civic matters, the scrapbook contains many speeches the Hammetts wrote for Debbie Jaramillo.

Kingsley Hammett’s materials include manuscripts, research, and notes for several of his woodworking books. In addition, the many publications of Fine Additions, Inc., the Hammetts’ publishing company, are housed in this collection.

The collection highlights several of the Hammetts' political interests. It contains published newspaper and special reports on the New Mexico State Penitentiary riots. It also features information on the Guaranteed Job Opportunity Act, a United States bill introduced by Senator Paul Simon. In addition, the collection contains Jerilou Hammett's work on the Living Wage Ordinance and includes a copy of the original ordinance.


  • 1977-2008

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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.

Biographical Note

Born on an Air Force base in Garden City, New York, Jerilou Hammett has been active in the civic life of Santa Fe since moving there in 1976. She served as the first director of consumer education for the State of New Mexico. Ms. Hammett has been a member of the Santa Fe Community Press and the Board of Directors of the New Life Co-op. Active in New Mexico prison reform, she served as a Charter Member of Citizens for Prison Change and was on the Advisory Board for Concerned Offenders for Youth Awareness at the New Mexico State Penitentiary.

Ms. Hammett has run for the Santa Fe City Council, and has been a frequent presence at meetings. A neighborhood organizer, she has worked for responsible development of Santa Fe. She researched and wrote the original Living Wage Ordinance.

Kingsley Hammett has been a journalist since 1978. He has written many books and articles about Santa Fe, including Santa Fe: A Walk Through Time and, with his wife Jerilou, The Essence of Santa Fe: From a Way of Life to a Style. He has also authored three books about New Mexican furniture.

Both Hammetts were speechwriters and advisors for Santa Fe mayor Debbie Jaramillo prior to and during her 1994-1998 term. The Hammetts also founded “DESIGNER/builder” magazine and a publishing company, Fine Additions, Inc.


0.5 Linear Feet

Separated Material

The Photo Archives holds two collections of Kingsley Hammett photographic material: HP.2007.01 and HP.2007.08.


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez 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: 505-476-5104
  7. Email:
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Inventory of the Jerilou and Kingsley Hammett Collection, 1977-2008
Processed by SNR
© 2008
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Finding aid is inEnglish

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