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Paul J. Bernal Collection,

Identifier: 1983-049

Scope and Content

Collection consists of materials, mostly legal and legislative documents, relating to the restoration of Blue Lake to the Taos Pueblo Indians of northern New Mexico by the U.S. Government in 1970. Includes a substantial amount of correspondence between the Taos Pueblo's supporters and various federal government agencies and officials. Correspondents include representatives of the American Association on Indian Affairs such as President Oliver La Farge, General Council Richard Schifter, and Corrine Locker; as well as New Mexico attorneys Rufus G.and Robert C. Poole; and U.S. Senators Clinton P. Anderson of New Mexico and James A. Haley of Florida.


  • 1903-1976 (bulk 1960-1970)


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

Biographical Note

Paul J. Bernal served as the Taos Pueblo Council Secretary and Interpreter.


6.5 Linear Feet


Collection organized into six series:
  1. I. Association on American Indian Affairs;
  2. II. Background material;
  3. III. Organizations, committees and departments;
  4. IV. Legal files;
  5. V. Legislation;
  6. VI. Miscellaneous;


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 Paul J. Bernal Collection, 1903-1976 (bulk 1960-1970)
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1983-049::Paul J. Bernal Collection)//EN" "nmar1983-049.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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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