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Howard E. Roosa Papers

Identifier: MSS -227 -BC

Scope and Content

The Howard Roosa collection contains theater playbills, opera programs, orchestra and recital programs, lecture invitations, and newspaper clippings concerning cultural events in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos in the 1920s and 1930s. Playbills from the KiMo Theatre, Crystal Theatre, Rodey Hall, and the Sunshine Theatre are included. Most of these playbills are from productions at the KiMo Theatre, performed by the Albuquerque Little Theater and directed by Kathryn Kennedy O'Connor. Brochures from the Society of Taos Artists, the UNM School of Painting at Taos, and programs from art exhibits are also provided. Six articles by Roosa concerning rare New Mexican books are also housed in the collection, as are several articles authored by noted Albuquerque tuberculosis specialist Leroy S. Peters.

The collection has previously been called Mrs. Howard E. Roosa Papers.


  • 1925-1947

Language of Materials


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.


Howard Roosa was a newspaper editor and publisher as well as an art connoisseur and authority on southwestern literature.


1 box (.35 cu. ft.)


The Howard E. Roosa collection contains material related to New Mexico cultural events in the 1920s and 1930s. Articles by Roosa concerning rare New Mexican books are also included, as well as articles authored by noted tuberculosis specialist, Leroy S. Peters.

Related Material

Vertical File: Albuquerque Businesses--Theater--Albuquerque Little Theater. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico

Vertical File: Albuquerque Businesses--Theater--KiMo Theater. Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries. University of New Mexico.

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • Johnson, Judith R. Health Seekers to Albuquerque, 1880-1914.M. A. Thesis, University of New Mexico, 1983.
  • KiMo Anniversary Season, 1927-1982-1992.Albuquerque, NM : Friends of the KiMo, [1993?].
  • O'Connor, Kathryn Kennedy. Theatre in the Cow Country.South Bend, Ind., Published for the Albuquerque Little Theatre by Creative Service for Publishers, 1966.
Finding Aid of the Howard E. Roosa Papers, 1925-1947
For Approval
Processed by Susan Ruth
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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