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Manuel Lujan Congressional Papers

Identifier: MSS-142-BC

Scope and Content

This collection includes all of Lujan's legislative files from the 92nd Congress (1971/72) to the 97th Congress (1981-1982). These files normally house printed copies of bills, revised and amended bills, resolutions and occasionally other documents relative to a specific bill or piece of legislation. There are also some special legislative research files that Lujan and his staff established to provide background information on pending bills and social issues: box 5 contains several folders on the Vermejo Park Ranch; boxes 13-16 have a great deal of information on wilderness legislation and review, specifically on the Roadside Area Review and Evaluation (RARE II); box 11 includes constituent letters and other documents pertaining to the Equal Rights Amendment; and boxes 5, 13 and 18-19 contain large amounts of background information on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Chapel at Eagle's Nest, New Mexico, also known as the Vietnam Veterans' Peace and Brotherhood Chapel. Finally, Lujan has maintained a few files that reveal his stands and opinions on various legislative items. These can be found in boxes 7 and 14.

In the Addition are various kinds of legislative materials. The Personal and Political Papers series contains Lujan's appointment books for 1982-1985 and political party files. The Legislative Records series includes polling data on legislative issues, bills with supporting material, committee and subcommittee work files, "Dear colleague" letters, position papers, speeches prepared for delivery on the floor and Lujan's voting record. These records show Lujan's special interest in Indian affairs, nuclear power expansion and the opening of Federal lands to commerce and recreation. The grant and project files (State/District files) and Lujan's replies to constituent mail make up the Constituent Services Series. In the Press and Media Activity series are newspaper clippings, press releases, television recordings and transcripts. Included in the clippings are some from Lujan's time as the Secretary of Interior covering such issues as the spotted owl, increased regulation of Indian casinos and construction of the Washington Redskins stadium on federal property.


  • 1968-1992

Language of Materials

English Spanish

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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

Biographical Information

Manuel Lujan, Jr. was born on May 12, 1928, near San Idlefonso, New Mexico. He was educated at Saint Michaels High School in Santa Fe, Saint Mary's College in San Francisco, California, and the College of Santa Fe (New Mexico), where he recived his B.A. degree in 1950. An insurance man by profession, Lujan also assumed an active role in state and local politics, and in civic organizations. He was a former vice-chairman of the New Mexico State Corporation Commission Advisory Board, 1965-1968; a member of the Bernalillo County Crime Commission, 1967-1968; and a past president of the New Mexico Independent Insurance Agents, 1968. In 1968, Lujan was elected to represent the First New Mexico Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Within the House, Lujan served on the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, and its Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment; and also on the Science and Technology Committee, its Subcommittee on Energy Research Production, and also its Subcommittee on Space Science and Applications. In addition, he was a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee. In 1989 Lujan was named Secretary of Interior and served until 1993.

After leaving office Lujan worked as lobbyist and public speaker. In 2004 he was involved in the founding of the Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute (HAPI), a think-tank focusing on economic issues from a Hispanic viewpoint.

Manuel Lujan died of heart failure on April 25, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sources: Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-1995


56 boxes (56 cu. ft.)


The majority of this collection is Manuel Lujan's legislative files from the 92nd Congress (1971/72) to the 100th Congress (1987/88).


  1. Personal and Political Papers, 1978-1988
  2. Legislative Records, 1968-1988
  3. Constituent Services, 1985-1990
  4. Press and Media Activity, 1978-1992

Related Material

Steven Schiff Papers Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections, University of New Mexico Libraries

Separated Material

Maps have been transferred to UNM University Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center.

Photographs have been transferred to Manual Lujan Photograph Collection.

Master DVDs are housed in B3.

Some material has been transferred to University Libraries book collection.

Processing Information

Original collection consolidated and addition processed in April 2010. Videotapes were reformatted to DVD in April 2010.
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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