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Juan B. Rael Project, 1940-1998


Scope and Content

From the Collection: The collection, formerly titled, “Enrique Lamadrid collection on Juan B. Rael" was expanded in March 2013. The Juan B. Rael materials are now the first of three series in the Enrique Lamadrid Collection of Folk Songs, Oral Histories and Photographic Projects. The two other series are Farmers’ Market Project and New Mexico and Southwest Projects.

Juan B. Rael Project, 1998: As a student, Lamadrid attended Professor Rael’s folk music class in California. In 1998, the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress invited Enrique Lamadrid to reformat and re-engineer the original Juan B. Rael recordings in their holdings, prepare transcriptions and English translations of the songs, analyze them and write essays on the culture and folk music of New Mexico to accompany the collection. Lamadrid assembled materials related to this project for the Center for Southwest Research, including 36 recordings (6 CDs totaling approximately 8 hours) of Hispanic religious and secular songs by Juan B. Rael, dating from 1930-1940. The collection contains hymns, shepherd’s pastores plays, entriega wedding songs and dance tunes recorded at Cerro and Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, and at Alamosa, Manassa, and Antonito, Colorado. Copies of articles written by Rael, and materials created by Lamadrid are also included, as are Lamadrid’s recording log, chronology and history of Hispanic music in New Mexico (1940-1997), Spanish transcriptions and English translations of Rael’s songs and analysis of the genre, performers and terminology in the collection. Articles and documents about Rael, New Mexico folk music, society, traditions, the Hermanos Penitentes and alabados are contained in the collection. A recorded interview with Rael’s niece, Glorianna Dominguez Atencio is also included.

Farmers’ Market Project, July 1995: These materials result from another project of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, conducted by Enrique Lamadrid. The original project, “Documenting Traditional Culture" and was conducted in Pueblo, Rye, Platteville and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The portion of the project given to CSWR is called “Indigenous Foods and Ethnic Boundaries in the Farmers’ Markets of Colorado Springs, July 10-29, 1995." It contains the work of the “calabacita" team: Lamadrid, Rudy Guglielmo, Tomas Peña and Xochitl Shuru who studied the markets with particular interest in strategies of vendors and buyers and recipes to promote their products. The team analyzed gender roles, use of Spanish and English, the farms, agricultural methods, irrigation, seed selection, farm families, immigrant Mexican workers and their living conditions. The collection contains notes from the interviews. There are recordings for 10 of the project interviews. Also included are 40 selected color slides with notes, documentation of the project goals, and food folklore. Complete project documentation may be found at Colorado College and the American Folklife Center.

New Mexico and Southwest Projects, 1991-2011: The third series contains a variety of projects documenting the music, traditions, and lives of Native Americans and Hispanics living in the northern Rio Grande area of New Mexico and along the Rio Grande as it flows south through Texas and Mexico. Types of materials include musical recordings, interviews, photographs and background research prepared by Lamadrid and other associated contributors. Topics such as Matachine dances, songs and prayers of the Hermanos Penitentes, corridos and inditas are covered. Recordings of the fiesta and blessing of the San Antonio acequia and new mayordomo, a virtual lesson about Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, a tribute to the veterans of Sandoval County, the story of George Silva of Bernalillo, and a UNM symposium with author Rolando Hinojosa are also found in the collection.

Forms part of the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music.


  • 1940-1998

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English Spanish

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 2 boxes (1.2 cu. ft.)

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131