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Dorothy Woodward Memorial Penitente Collection,

Identifier: 1987-045

Scope and Content

Collection consists of Woodward's personal papers and research materials collected and created in the process of the publication of her doctoral thesis and of various articles on the Penitentes (a grassroots Catholic group) of Northern New Mexico. Includes correspondence with various persons and institutions (1933-1949), two notebooks and a diary (1925-1928), and a scrapbook (1938). Notebooks and diary pertain to Woodward's travels to Europe and Hobbs, New Mexico. Research materials consist of copies of documents from the Archivo General de la Nacional and various other repositories, publications and journals (1884-1956), maps, pamphlets, newspapers, notes, bibliographies, and card files. Publications include works by Charles F. Lummis. Subjects discussed are the Penitentes, the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi, religious customs in Spain and New Mexico, alabados (hymns), and other related topics.

Some materials are in Spanish, French, Finnish, or German with some English translations.


  • 1542-1957 (bulk 1852-1957)


Language of Materials

English, Spanish, French, Finnish, and German.

Access Restrictions


Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication allowed for research purposes. "Libro de Reglas y Reglamientos y Alabados" may not be photocopied. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Note

Dorothy Woodward received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 1935. Her doctoral dissertation and some of her publications pertain to the Penitentes of Northern New Mexico. She was on the faculty of the University of New Mexico and served as Assistant State Director for the Historical Records Survey (1936-1940).


3 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into eleven series:
  1. Woodward's correspondence (1920-1955)
  2. Correspondence (1914-1940)
  3. Articles (1934-1935)
  4. Notes and bibliographies (1906-1957)
  5. Miscellaneous (1925-1961)
  6. Primary sources (1542-1931)
  7. Flyers, pamphlets, informative literature (1917-1925)
  8. Plays, poems, hymns (1917-1952)
  9. Card files
  10. Articles by other writers (1910-1934)
  11. Newspapers, magazines, journals, books (1884-1956)

Existence and Location of Copies

Portions of the collection are also available on microfilm.

Separated Material

Photographs received with the collection are housed and cataloged separately.


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 Dorothy Woodward Memorial Penitente Collection, 1542-1957 (bulk 1852-1957)
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Processed by Myra Ellen Jenkins
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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