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Charles Elkanah Hodgin Papers

Identifier: MSS-15-BC

Scope and Content

These papers relate to the University of New Mexico, education in New Mexico, and Hodgin's writings. Boxes 1 and 2 contain his addresses and talks, 1880-1930, including some of his essays for the Ten Dons. In box 3 there are songs, poems and articles by Hodgin including his book, Rhymes from New Mexico, published in 1933. A large portion of this collection concerning education in New Mexico includes class books (grades, attendance, etc.), 1887-1924; University of New Mexico newspapers, photographs, catalogs, yearbooks, commencement programs, etc., 1892-1933; programs of the New Mexico Educational Association, Territorial Educational Association of New Mexico, Albuquerque Academy, commencement programs for various New Mexico high schools including Albuquerque High School, programs and brochures for the New West Education Commission; and annual reports of the Albuquerque Academy and Albuquerque Public Schools. Also in the collection are bulletins, trustee notices, programs, etc. for the First Congregational Church in Albuquerque. There is personal and business correspondence including correspondence concerning the Rhodes Scholarships, 1922-1932. The miscellaneous clippings, 1899-1932, and pamphlets cover such subjects as calendar reform, Humane Society, war, and Albuquerque as a place to invest and as a resort for lung ailments. Photographs have been transferred to the CSWR Pictorial Collections.


  • 1872-1934


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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

Charles Elkanah Hodgin, educator, philosopher, leader in civic and educational movements was born in Indiana in 1858. After graduating from Indiana State Normal School, he taught for 6 years in Indiana. In 1885 he traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Sallie B. Overman, both for her health and to accept a teaching position with the Albuquerque Academy. In 1886 he became the associate principal and by 1890 the principal. He remained the principal until 1891, when he accepted the position as the first superintendent of the Albuquerque Public School System. That same year his wife died. He was actively involved in teacher training and retraining as well as introducing new methods of teaching. In 1894 he received his Bachelor's of Pedagogy from the University of New Mexico. He resigned in July 1897 to take charge of the University of New Mexico's Normal Department, the forerunner of the University's Department of Education; where he served as head for 28 years. He was credited with influencing the establishment of a model school where students in the Normal Department could have experience in practice teaching. By 1903 his duties included the position of registrar for the University. He later became the Dean of the Faculty (or Academic Vice-President), a position he held for 20 years at the University. In 1904 he became one of the founding members of the social literary organization, the Ten Dons. After retiring in May 1925, he became the editor of the New Mexico School Review, the official organ of the New Mexico Educational Association, which Hodgin helped to organize in 1886, and served as the New Mexico Chair for the Rhodes Scholarship Trust. In 1927, the University conferred on him the Doctorate of Letters degree. He died in August 1934. Two years later, the first building on the University of New Mexico campus, Hodgin Hall, was named for him.


6 boxes (2.3 cu. ft.)

Related Archival Collections

The Ten Dons Records Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. Margaret Connell Szasz Papers Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Photographs transferred to Charles E. Hodgin Photograph Collection
Finding Aid of the Charles Elkanah Hodgin Papers, 1872-1934
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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