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El Rancho la Communidad de Tres Culturas Collection

Identifier: AC 458

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the papers that relate to the law suit about the matachine dance site and the doucments supporting the application to the National Register of Historic Places. There are court documents, depositions, correspondence, maps, reports, and newpaper articles. Some of the papers are written by David Snow, who was the Consulting Anthropoligist for the historical preservation evaluation.


  • 1967-1993

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.


In 1991-1992, Jemez Mountains Electrical Cooperative (JMEC) built a new electric substation on San Ildefonso Pueblo land in the vicinity of El Rancho, New Mexico. It was determined that the parking lot of a local cantina was used for the perfomances of traditional Hispanic matachine dances and could be elegible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1991, La Communidad, representing the local community and users of the dance site filed suit to stop the construction.


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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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Guide to the El Rancho la Communidad de Tres Culturas Collection, 1967-1993
Processed by KRobens
© 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