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Isabel L. Eckles Collection

Identifier: AC 071

Scope and Content

Included in this collection are Isabel Eckles' memorabilia, personal correspondence and papers pertaining to her various interests.

Among the photocopied documents are memoirs written by Addison M. Williams and edited by E. Dana Johnson including poems, short stories, and a 79 page autobiography titled: "My Yesterdays: The Autobiography of an Ordinary Citizen: A Narrative of Early Days from Ohio to Old Santa Fe and Montana. Sidelights on the Formative Period in Some Far Western States."


  • 1898-1966

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Biographical Note

Isabel Lancaster Eckles was born Sept. 8, 1877 in New Castle, Delaware and died Jan. 25, 1971 in Santa Fe. Isabel taught in the Silver City public school for 16 years, served as Superintendent of Grant County Schools for two terms and as State Superintendent of Schools for two terms. Following this, Isabel was made Superintendent of Santa Fe Schools and remained in that position for 10 years. Upon retirement from the education field, she accepted a position with the woman's division of WPA for New Mexico and was instrumental in founding the museums at Roswell and Silver City.


1.75 Linear Feet

Separated Material

The following certificates and other oversize items are located in the Oversize/Scrapbook section.

First Grade Teacher's Certificate - State of New Mexico - 1893.

Certificate showing class standing of Isabella Eckles from New Mexico Normal School Silver City, N.M. 1895.

Diploma - Normal School of New Mexico to Isabella L. Eckles. 1895.

New Mexico Teacher's Professional Certificate to Isabel Lancaster Eckles. 1905.

Diploma from New Mexico Normal School to Isabel Lancaster Eckles. 1914.

New Mexico State Council of Defense certificate acknowledges the services of Miss Isabel Eckles. 1920.

Certificate from the New Mexico State Canvassing Board that Isabel L. Eckles was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction. 1922.

Certificate given to Isabel Lancaster Eckles the degree of Master of Arts Honoris Causa by the New Mexico State Teachers' College. 1923.

Certificate given to Isabel Lancaster Eckles the degree of Bachelor of Arts by the New Mexico State Teachers' College, 1927.

Certificate to Isabel L. Eckles of membership into the National Social Science Honor Society of Pi Gamma Mu. 1927.

New Mexico State Board of Education gives Miss Eckles "Administration Life Certificate 1936.

Confirmation Certificate for Mary Eckles by Rt. Rev. J. Willy Kindrick Church of the Good Shepard Silver City, N.M. 9/9/1900


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. Box 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
  6. Fax: (+)505.476.5093
  7. Email:
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Guide to the Isabel L. Eckles Collection, 1898-1966
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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