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Parker Wilson Files

Identifier: AC07

Scope and Content

The papers include files concerning the School of American Research (SAR) 1952-1971 and financial records of the Laboratory of Anthropology, Inc. 1961-1963. These include correspondence regarding the search for a director for the School and Museum of New Mexico, financial matters affecting the School and Museum; the School's real estate properties; gifts and financial contributions to the School; and the relationship of School and Museum. Included is a copy of the State of New Mexico Senate Bill 147, the Act concerning the Museum of New Mexico. Also included is a report on the Navajo Dam project by the National Park Service. Additionally, there is a photocopy of the SAR board's Resolution in Memory of Parker Wilson made in 1984 and cover letter to his family.


  • 1952-1984
  • Majority of material found in 1952-1971

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research by appointment.

Copy Restrictions

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

Biography / History

Parker Wilson (1905-1984) was raised in Santa Fe, the son of Francis C. Wilson (attorney to Martha and Elizabeth White) and Charlotte Lansing (Parker) Wilson. He attended Harvard University, leaving after two years to work with the Guaranty Trust Company of New York, eventually becoming executive vice-president. He moved back to Santa Fe to take over operation of his father’s oil business in 1952. He was a member of the board of the School of American Research from 1952 through 1969, on the executive committee from 1955-1970, and treasurer from 1958-1969. He was made an honorary life member in 1970. He was also a member of the Archaeological Society of New Mexico, a founding board member of the Santa Fe Opera, and director of the Boy’s Club and International Folk Art Foundation.


0.209 Linear Feet (1 half document box)


Parker Wilson (1905-1984) was the son of Francis C. Wilson (attorney for Martha and Elizabeth White). Parker Wilson was a board member of the School of American Research (SAR) and his papers include correspondence regarding the School from 1952-1971. Also included is a report on the Navajo Dam project by the National Park Service. There is also a folder of materials pertaining to the Laboratory of Anthropology, Inc., 1961-1963, especially financial accounts.

Related Material

AC06, Francis C. Wilson Files; AC05 J.O. Seth and Oliver Seth Papers; AC14 Boaz Long Collection of SAR history, 1930-1962.
Guide to the Parker Wilson Files, 1952-1984
Edited Full Draft
Willow Powers, Laura Holt (2020 update by KW)
© 2010
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the School for Advanced Research Repository

Catherine McElvain Library
School for Advanced Research (SAR)
PO Box 2188
Santa Fe NM 87504-2188 USA