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Clark S. Knowlton Collection,

Identifier: 1980-027

Scope and Content

Collection contains the 18 linear feet of correspondence between Dr. Knowlton, colleagues, students, and publishers. Dr. Knowlton's manuscripts relating to his field of research are included, some of which have been published in professional journals. Professor Knowlton also collected manuscripts written by colleagues and students on subjects relating to Mexican-Americans, Bilingual Education and Native American issues. Also within the collection are 23 linear feet of reports, committee hearings, publications and newspapers relating to the same subjects. Due to Dr. Knowlton's active involvement in the promotion of social science there are 4 linear feet of materials relating to professional conferences.


  • 1912-1989

Language of Materials

English, and Spanish.

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Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Note

Clark S. Knowlton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 31, 1919. He married Ruth Marion DeYoung on August 31, 1947. Dr. Knowlton received his BA and MA Degrees in Sociology from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1955. Dr. Knowlton, a professor of sociology, taught at the following colleges and universities; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (1948-1949); Georgia Southern College, Statesboro, Georgia (1952-1958); Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico (1958-1962); Texas Western College, El Paso, Texas (1960-1966); University of Texas-El Paso, El Paso, Texas (1966-1968); and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (1968-1991).

Dr. Knowlton is known for his research on the Spanish-Americans and Mexican-Americans of the Southwest. Professor Knowlton wrote numerous articles on Spanish/Mexican Americans, especially on the cultural impact caused by the loss of ancestral lands and access to natural resources. His work was published in numerous professional journals. As a result of his studies Professor Knowlton became immersed in the activities of Reies Lopez Tijerina and the land rights organization Alianza Federal de las Mercedes.

Dr. Knowlton was also interested in the economic problems of rural Native American communities of the Southwest. He was instrumental in the development of several professional associations involved in the study of rural lands. Dr. Knowlton helped to organize the Association for Arid Land Studies at the University of Texas-Lubbock. Dr. Knowlton sought to stimulate, and promote interdisciplinary research in Spanish/Mexican American history and culture in New Mexico. Professor Knowlton served as President of the Rocky Mountain Social Science Association and the Association for Arid Land Studies. He also served as the Director of the Center For Land Grant Studies. Dr. Knowlton endeavored to maintain communication and exchange of information among social scientists. Dr. Knowlton died on January 15, 1991.


45 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into eleven series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Manuscripts
  3. III. Reports
  4. IV. Publications
  5. V. Conference Materials
  6. VI. Student Organizations
  7. VII. Newsletters
  8. VIII. Press Releases
  9. IX. Newspaper Articles
  10. X. Miscellaneous
  11. XI. Newspapers


Contact Information

  1. New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
  2. Archives and Historical Services Division
  3. 1205 Camino Carlos Rey
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
  5. Phone: 505-476-7908
  6. Fax: 505-476-7909
  7. Email:
  8. URL:


Inventory of the Clark S. Knowlton Collection, 1912-1989
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Processed by Jose Villegas
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Repository

1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe NM 87507
(505) 476-7948