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The Santa Fe Kiwanis Club Collection

Identifier: AC 450

Scope and Content

This collection consists of Kiwanis Club papers from the 1920's through 2001. The papers detail membership, weekly meetings, and club finances, as well as club activities such as luncheons, club-sponsored social events, and regional and international conferences. The collection contains many papers related to the burning of Zozobra and the Santa Fe Fiesta, as well as a VHS copy of the 2001 documentary about Zozobra. In addition, the collection chronicles key Kiwanis programs such as the Santa Fe Youth Day and the Kiwanis scholarship program for college-bound seniors.

The collection houses many newspaper clippings. As well as several member-made personal club scrapbooks, the collection contains copies of the Zozobra scrapbook made for the Library of Congress Local Legacies Bicentennial Project in 2000.


  • 1924-2001

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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.


The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe held its organizational meeting on April 25, 1921. Founded with 59 charter members and one honorary member, the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club started six years after the first Kiwanis Club meeting took place in Detroit, Michigan. The Santa Fe Club was the first service club organized in the city and the fifth Kiwanis Club in the state of New Mexico.

The club's mission and priority has been to serve young children. The Club sponsors key clubs at two local public high schools and the Santa Fe Indian School. This latter club, established in 1954, was the first all Native American key club chartered in the United States.

Besides the key clubs, the Santa Fe Kiwanis members have awarded college scholarships to graduating high school seniors and assisted the work of numerous local non-profit youth organizations.

The Santa Fe Kiwanis Club organizes several prominent fund raising activities throughout the year. Annual activities include Pancake Day, Christmas Auction, and--most notably--the burning of Zozobra. This burning, which is the Club's largest event, kicks off the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe on the weekend following Labor Day. The first Zozobra was burned in 1926, and the Kiwanis Club began sponsoring the burning in 1963.


5 Linear Feet

Related Material

Photos have been transferred to the Photo Archives (HP 2008.12).


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. P.O. Box 2087
  3. The New Mexico History Museum
  4. Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087
  5. Phone: 505:476-5090
  6. Fax: 505-476-5104
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Inventory of the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club Collection, 1924-2001
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