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William Johnson Papers

Identifier: IAIA-MS001

Scope and Content

The William Johnson Papers consist of administrative records, board minutes, manuscripts, slides, prints, video, periodicals, and ephemera related to the history of IAIA and his role as the Chairman of the Board of IAIA and the IAIA foundation. Notable subjects include the privatization of the Institute in 1986 by the U.S. Congress according to the Higher Education Act, transfer of 140 acres of Rancho Viejo property to IAIA in 1991 for their campus, the establishment of a permanent IAIA museum in the old federal building on Cathedral Place in downtown Santa Fe, the construction of the new IAIA campus, and activities of the IAIA foundation.

The collection is particularly helpful in understanding the workings of the new 501c3 Board of Trustees established in 1986. Budgets and financial records tell of the many troubles IAIA faced in the 80s and 90s due to congressional appropriation cuts. The ephemera and publications describe the exhibits and activities of the Institute. The Foundation records, which Johnson was instrumental in establishing, describe the capital campaign and fund raising efforts exercised to fund the construction the new campus, finished in 2000 as well as leasing and occupying the federal building for the National Collection of Contemporary Indian Art at the IAIA Museum.


  • 1973-1999
  • Majority of material found in 1988-1999

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Access Restrictions

Access is by appointment only. There may be restrictions to this collection; please contact the archivist for more information. IAIA reserves the right to restrict any or all materials as necessary to protect IAIA, American Indian religious and cultural practices, and individual and financial privacy.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials is allowed for research purposes. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Institute of American Indian Arts, its board, faculty, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


3 boxes (1.5 cu. ft) The collection is located on the campus of IAIA, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The archives are located in the Library & Technology Center.


The William Johnson Papers consists of IAIA Board of Trustee records, IAIA Foundation records, correspondence, manuscripts, slides, photographs, videos, and ephemera related to his terms as Chairman of the IAIA Board of Trustees the the IAIA Foundation.

Related Material

IAIA-MS004, Robert Best Papers

Processing Information

Arrangement: Barbara Francis, IAIA Students-- Description: Ryan S. Flahive The arrangement of the collection is according to the creator’s original order and little effort was made during processing to re-arrange the original order. Therefore, the collection is arranged by original order in 3-.5 cubic feet manuscript cases.
Guide to the William Johnson Papers, 1973-1999
Edited Full Draft
Ryan S. Flahive
© 2009
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Institute of American Indian Arts Repository