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La Fonda Hotel Collection

Identifier: AC 459

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two folders of menus for lunch and dinner and special occasions of the La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The folders also contain notices, brochures, and advertisements. In addition, there is one scrapbook of news clippings from1 1952-1961.


  • 1929-1961

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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.

Institutional History

When Santa Fe was founded, official records show that an inn, or la fonda, was located off the plaza. In 1821, Captain William Becknell opened the trade from Missouri to Santa Fe and found lodging at La Fonda on the plaza. La Fonda hotel still occupies the southeast corner of the Plaza. The current La Fonda was built in 1922 on the site of the prevous inns. In 1925, it was acquired by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, which leased it to the Fred Harvey Company. From 1926 to 1968, La Fonda was one of the Harvey Houses. Since 1968, it has been locally owned and operated and has maintained its historic integrity and architectural authenticity. It has previously been known as the United States Hotel and the Exchange Hotel.


1 linear foot

Inventory of the La Fonda Hotel Collection, 1929-1961
Edited Full Draft
Kathryn Robens
© 2008
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Finding aid is in English

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