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Kenneth M. Chapman Collection

Identifier: AC 484

Scope and Content

The collection consists of genealogical family information, correspondence, legal and real estate documents, and (typed and handwritten) autobiographical notes. Papers pertain to Kenneth Chapman's work with the Museum of New Mexico, Edgar L. Hewett and others, the Indian Arts Fund, general archaeology and the preservation of Pueblo pottery.


  • 1848-1968
  • Majority of material found in 1928-1968

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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 Information

Kenneth M. Chapman (1875-1968) arrived in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1899 accepting a position as an art instructor with the New Mexico Normal School and as a commercial artist with Frank Springer, a prominent lawyer and amateur paleontologist. Chapman eventually moved to Santa Fe and became involved with cultural institutions there: the Museum of New Mexico, Laboratory of Anthropology, and the Indian Arts Fund. Through his work he was in close contact with Edgar L. Hewett, Frank Springer, and at some point with John D. Rockefeller, Jr. as well as leading archaeologists of the time such as Alfred V. Kidder, Sylvanus Morley, Jesse Nusbaum. He attended early archaeological excavations in the Southwest and became famous for his knowledge and presevation of modern arts and crafts of Southwest Indians. Chapman married fellow archeologist Katherine Muller in 1915 with whom he had two children: Frank Springer Chapman and Helen Hope (Potter). Chapman died in Santa Fe on 23 February 1968.


2.0 Linear Feet

Related Material

Indian Arts and Craft Board Papers, Archives, Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe.

Kenneth M. Chapman Papers, School of Advanced Research, Santa Fe.

Separated Material

Three-dimensional artifacts have been transferred to Museum Collections, photographs have been transferred to Photo Archives.
Guide to the Kenneth M. Chapman Collection, 1848-1968
Edited Full Draft
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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