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Abelicio M. Peña Journals on Latin America

Identifier: MSS0002

Scope and Content

The journals include daily entries by Abelicio M. Peña regarding his travels and work in Latin American countries and Washington D.C. during his Foreign Service career. The entries contain personal comments on current world and host country events, political commentary on Latin American countries and analysis of Latin American cultures.


  • 1972-1988

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The collection is open for research.

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Biography or History

Abelicio (Abe) M. Peña was a New Mexican with deep roots in Cibola County. His civic and political pursuits throughout the 1960s lead to opportunities outside the United States. In 1972, he was appointed country director of the Peace Corps in Honduras. His career spanned 12 years with the United States Foreign Service. After serving two years in Honduras he became country director for the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. In these positions he supervised all Peace Corps-related activities, managing resources, volunteers, staff, and budgets to assist in the agricultural and economic development of the countries. In 1976 he accepted a position as mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Paraguay. In 1979 he was offered and accepted the position of mission director for USAID in politically troubled Bolivia. After a violent military coup in 1980, Pena returned to the United States, traveling across the U.S. recruiting for the Foreign Service. Peña returned to the post of mission director in Paraguay in 1981 until his retirement in 1984. After retirement from the Foreign Service Peña returned to Grants, New Mexico where he once again became involved in the family’s ranching business and civic activities.


1.0 cubic foot (material organized into three document boxes)


The Abelicio M. Peña journals on Latin America consist of his handwritten entries made while on assignment in Latin America. They provide insight into Latin America from the perspective of a foreign service operative with the Peace Corp and U.S.A.I.D, as well as commentary upon his return to the United States in between appointments and upon his retirement.

Related Material

Guide to the Abe M. Peña Papers, 1894-2004 Ms 0434. New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections

Processing Information

Inventory processing by Samuel Sisneros, 2005. Finding aid processing by Anna Uremovich, 2021.
Finding Aid of the Abelicio M. Peña Journals on Latin America, 1972-1988
Processed by Samuel Sisneros (2005), Anna Uremovich (2021)
2005, 2021
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Part of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Repository

National Hispanic Cultural Center, History and Literary Arts
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque NM 87102 USA