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Records of the IAIA Board of Trustees

Identifier: IAIA-RG07

Scope and Content

IAIA-RG07, Records of the IAIA Board of Trustees consist of minutes, reports, correspondence, notes, financial statements, and other administrative records related to the meetings and activities of the IAIA Board of Trustees, 1986-Present. The bulk of the collection are meeting minutes, which occurred quarterly, and are standard.

Generally, the minutes are broken down into sections: Section 1: Agenda, Board names and addresses; Section 2: Board organization, meeting schedule, terms of office per officer, and semester schedule; Section 3: Minutes from previous meeting; Section 4: Chairman’s Report; Section 5: President’s Report; Section 6: Treasurer’s Report; Section 7: Finance & Audit Committee Report; Section 8: Academic/Student Affairs Committee Report; Section 9: Museum, Administrative, Planning and Personnel Committee Report; Section 10: Development Committee Report; Section 11: Building Committee Report; Section 12: Proposed Resolutions; Section 13: Good News Items; Section 14: News Clippings; Section 15: Travel Information. The sections and committee structure slightly varied from board to board, but the general structure was maintained through the years.

Generally speaking, the records of the board are the most relevant and important materials related to the modern history (post 1986) of IAIA. After the initial creation of the school by the BIA in 1962, the privatization of the school and the creation of the board is the most critical moment in the school’s history. Prior to privatization, the school was in danger of being closed by the federal government due to low student population, social issues, and finance problems. The board subsequently, in the years following its creation, rebuilt the school, aquired the federal building for the museum, and negotiated the transfer of 140 acres of property from Rancho Viejo Development Corp. for its current campus. The records of the board of trustees tell the story of how IAIA became a modern, respected, and accredited baccalaureate institution, internationally honored for its unique work in Native art education.


  • 1986-Present
  • Majority of material found in 1988-Present

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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

The Institute of American Indian Arts, began in 1962 as a branch of the Bureau of Indian Affairs educational system under the Department of the Interior. The school was founded to provide training in the arts for young American Indians and originally began as a secondary school, but became a junior college in 1975.

In 1985-1986, during the Reagan presidency, a political movement began to privatize many of the governmental agencies in order to decrease the size of the federal government and limit federal spending. This privatization ran concurrently with the American Indian ‘self-determination’ movement began during the Johnson and Nixon administrations.

During this time of privatization, New Mexico congressmen Pete Domenici and Bill Richardson, among others, added an amendment to the 1986 Higher Education Act. The act effectively created IAIA as an independent, federally charted non-profit institution. Officially chartered as the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development, the new organization called for a presidential appointed board of thirteen members. Board members are nominated by the white house and must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The Original Board of Trustees were sworn in on June 3, 1988 and included William Stewart Johnson (Chairman), Alfred H. Quoyamayma (Vice Chairman), Gail Bird, Edith Colvard Crutcher, Roy M. Huhndorf,James C. Jennings, Duane H. King, Beatrice Rivas Sanchez, James D.Santini, and Irving James Toddy.


25 boxes (12.5 cu. ft)The collection is located on the campus of IAIA, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The archives are located in the Library & Technology Center.


IAIA-RG07, Board of Trustee Records, consist of minutes, reports, correspondence, and other administrative records related to the activities of the IAIA Board of Trustees. The board was established in 1986 by a Congressional charter to oversee IAIA, granted federal 501c3 status by the Higher Education Amendment of 1986.

Related Material

IAIA-MS001, William Johnson Papers

IAIA-RG01, IAIA Records, 1961-Present

Processing Information

IAIA-RG07 was arranged and described by Ryan S. Flahive. The collection is arranged chronologically.


Box 1 1986-1988

Box 2 1989

Box 3 1990 (Jan-May)

Box 4 1990 (Sept-Oct)

Box 5 1991

Box 6 1992 (Jan-May)

Box 7 1992 (June-Oct)

Box 8 1993

Box 9 1994

Box 10 1995 (Feb); Correspondence, 1995-1996

Box 11 1995 (May)

Box 12 1996

Box 13 1997

Box 14 1998

Box 15 1999

Box 16 2000

Box 17 2001

Box 18 2002
Guide to the Records of the IAIA Board of Trustees, 1986-Present
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