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David Townsend Papers,

Identifier: Ms-0095

Scope and Content

David Townsend's papers are divided into four series: New Mexico Constitutional Convention, New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped, Research Files, and Photographs.

Elected as a delegate from Otero County, District Three, Townsend attended the New Mexico Constitutional Convention of 1969. The first series of papers contains calendars, schedules, memoranda and official roll call sheets, as well as official convention minutes, highlights and bulletins.

The second series New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped contains records from the school's Board of Regents. These materials include minutes, publications, studies, and other organizational records.

The Research Files series is divided into five subseries: Community College, Lacy Simms, S. Omar Barker, Mrs. Clare Snow, and Miscellaneous. Community College contains research for Townsend's publication, Chronology of the Branch Community College Movement in New Mexico. These materials are unarranged. Materials from Townsend's research on the book Lacy at Ninety is included in Lacy Simms. Included are biographical remininces about Lacy Simms by collegues, friends and family. Of particular interest are the copies of memomirs of Simm's mother and maternal grandmother. These not only describe life in turn-of-the-century New Mexico, but provide a glimpse into the antebellum life of Alabama and Texas. Letters from Simms to Townsend contain Simmm's observations and recollections on various periods in his life. Besides the wealth of biographical material on Simms, the collection also shows the step-by-step development of Lacy at Ninety. Manuscript drafts, layouts and a copy of the finished book are included in the series. Financial records of the "Lacy At Ninety" committee, which supported the book's publication are also found in the collection. Newspaper clippings about Simms provide further information on his various accomplishments.

The final series, Photographs, contains images of David Townsend in addition to images of some of his research topics.


  • 1967-1973

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Access and Use Restrictions

This material may be examined by researchers under supervised conditions in the Search Room.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright and other applicable statutes.

The copyrights possessed by David Townsend associated with this collection have been transferred and assigned to New Mexico State University.

Biographical Sketch

David H. Townsend (1932-) was a professor of history and government at New Mexico State University's Alamogordo branch. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. from Eastern New Mexico University and did additional work at the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and California State University at Los Angeles. Townsend obtained a Ed. D. degree at Texas Tech University in 1980. In 1969, Townsend was elected to the Constitutional Convention from Otero County's District 3. Serving as a delegate from August to October 1969, Townsend took an active role in the unsuccessful attempt to get the proposed constitution ratified.

Besides belonging to numerous educational associations and being active within the Presbyterian Church, Townsend served Board of Regents of the New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped. He was also Coordinator of Academic Development and Associate Professor of History at New Mexico State University at Alamogordo.


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New Mexico educator and delegate from Otero County District III to the New Mexico Constitutional Convention of 1969. Campaign materials, calendars and meeting schedules, rosters, notes, speeches and addresses, correspondence, minutes, testimony, statements, memorials, proclamations, reports, proposals, bills, drafts, constitutions, pamphlets and printed materials, clippings, photographs, and other materials related to the convention are included.


  1. A73-17 Gifts of David Townsend.
  2. A77-9
  3. A78-60
  4. RG79-30
  5. RG84-26
  6. RG84-43
  7. RG85-4
  8. RG86-64
  9. RG88-13
  10. RG88-42
  11. RG96-83

Related Material

Ms 96 Dwight Ohlinger Papers (NM Constitutional Convention of 1969) A77-39 Mrs. W.J. Atkins Tape of Lacy Sims made by Dr. Wesley Allmy of Santa Fe in December 1976.


Contact Information

  1. Archives and Special Collections
  2. New Mexico State University Library
  3. P.O. Box 30006
  4. Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8006
  5. Phone: (505) 646-3839
  6. Fax: (505) 646-7477
  7. Email:
  8. URL:



Tape of Lacy Sims made by Dr. Wesley Allmy of Santa Fe in December 1976.
Register of the David Townsend Papers, 1967-1984
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Processed by Merleen Dibert
© 2000
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA