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New Mexico Scrapbooks,

Identifier: MSS-127-BC

Scope and Content

This collection consists of ten albums filled with newspaper clippings, most of which are related to New Mexico, from the years 1915-1916, 1919-1920, 1923-1928. Most reflect a variety of news items from around the state. A select few deal with items of national interest (such as the death of President Harding). The war is conspicuously absent, and only alluded to in article addressing the construction of new "neutropsychiatric" hospitals for the "world war sick."

The clippings address a wide range of topics, including the New Mexico State Fair, the expansion of roads throughout the state, agricultural news and crop production, issues related to UNM, political events and the social life of politicians, the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce's wooing of the Taos Art Colony, Albuquerque as a destination for health seekers, water, mining production, the state's relative prosperity, and livestock industries and conventions. Also addressed are topics such as the relocation of Santa Clara Pueblo, assorted fiestas, religious events and celebrations taking place at various Pueblos (usually referred to as "weird rites," "pagan ceremonies," and like terms which allude to the particular ethnic relations of the era), and the inclusion of Native Americans in the Santa Fe Fiesta (1923). Social events of the Elks Lodge, Lions' Club, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, and the Shriners are also present in large quantities. News about schools, scouts, the zoo, and hospitals also pepper the albums. Items which seem less than newsworthy (such as the number of pounds of soap used in New Mexico in 1923) also abound. Some historical tidbits note significant occurrences such as Don Juan de Oñate's having a foot cut off of each adult man from Acoma Pueblo attest to the fact that such incidences were common to public knowledge long before more recent controversies surrounding these same topics.

Though most of the clippings are not dated or cited (with regard to their original source), a few clippings give insight into these matters, and they are collected by year in each album. The newspapers represented include The Evening Herald (Albuquerque), The Southwestern Dispatch, The Artesia Advocate, Carrizozo News, La Nueva Estrella, Tucumcari News, La Independista, Holbrook News, Roswell News, The Vaughn News (of Guadalupe County, NM), The Raton Daily Range, The Las Vegas Daily Optic. Other papers are from Deming, Carlsbad, Colfax County, and Gallup. Most of the albums contained neatly clipped articles, though the 1928 album contains whole, folded, pages from the front pages, the classified ads, and the society pages.

The collection was previously called UNM Scrapbooks, but the name has been changed because of the limited scope of materials relating to the University of New Mexico. Most items are in English, though some clippings are in Spanish.


  • 1915-1928


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publications or distribution.


10 boxes (3.5 cu. ft.)


This collection consists of ten albums filled with newspaper clippings related to New Mexico from the years 1915-1928.
Finding Aid of the New Mexico Scrapbooks, 1915-1928
Processed by K. Stocker
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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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