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George A. Boyce Papers

Identifier: IAIA-MS002

Scope and Content

The George A. Boyce Papers consist of photocopies of correspondence, notes, and a manuscript related to his Dr. George A. Boyce and his involvement in the founding of IAIA. The material was provided by George A. Boyce Jr. as recognition of his father’s deep involvement in the founding of the school, and to correct published misinformation. Of particular note is chapter VI of an unknown publication by BIA administrator and educator Hildegard Thompson, which includes an unpublished article by Boyce titled "Early Days at the Institute of American Indian Arts".

This material, as mentioned previous, was donated in an attempt to properly credit the donor's father, Dr. George A. Boyce. These papers help to clarify the gestation of the Institute as seen by Boyce and Thompson.

The collection consists of only one folder, containing two pieces of recent correspondence, one page of notes from Boyce's wife, and 48pp of a typed manuscript by Hildegard Thompson from 1976.


  • 1961-2008
  • Majority of material found in 1961-c. 1976

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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.

Biography / History

Dr. George A. Boyce was a dedicated American Indian Educator. He started with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1938 and served as director of the Navajo-Hopi Schools in Window Rock, Arizona and later superintendent of the Inter mountain Indian School in Brigham Utah. He was assigned to start the Institute of American Indian arts in 1961. Boyce built the arts and academic program as well as hiring faculty on the campus of the Santa Fe Indian School and served as its first superintendent until his retirement in 1966. Boyce also oversaw funding priorities from Washington as well as a $1.25 million dollar construction campaign for new buildings on the Indian School Campus for IAIA.


1 box (.25 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 George A. Boyce Papers, donated by George A. Boyce Jr., consist of photocopies of correspondence, notes, and a manuscript related to Dr. George A. Boyce and his role in the founding of the Institute of American Indian Arts by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Related Material

IAIA-MS007, Box 12, Folder 11--Winona Garmhausen Papers

Processing Information

Arrangement: Barbara Francis and IAIA Students-- Description: Ryan S. Flahive
Guide to the George A. Boyce Papers, 1961-2008
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