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Papers on Taos County, New Mexico

Identifier: MSS-323-BC

Scope and Content

This small collection contains materials relating to several of the studies/projects in Taos County and the surrounding areas, between 1937 and 1944. The collection includes reports and staff meeting minutes from the Taos County Project, materials on the Taos County Cooperative Health Association, agriculture and land issues, the Sangre de Cristo land grant, and community education issues (George I. Sanchez, "Supplement to Forgotten People). Additionally, there are a few scattered issues of two publications from Austin, Texas, ACSSP Newsletter and American GI Forum News Bulletin, 1953.

The collection, donated to the Center for Southwest Research by Florence Hawley Ellis, former UNM Professor of Anthropology, was formerly called the Florence Hawley Ellis Papers.


  • Majority of material found within 1937-1953
  • Majority of material found in 1940-1944

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Access Restrictions

The 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.


By the mid 1930's, Taos County, primarily an agricultural area, was experiencing economic, education, health, and land-related problems. Local, state, federal and non-governmental agencies and organizations undertook studies of the area, hoping to find solutions to some of the problems. The Taos County Project, spearheaded by the University of New Mexico in 1940, with major funding from the Carnegie Corporation, sought to establish ways of relieving the "submarginal living conditions of Spanish-speaking communities such as Taos. Another project goal was to discover and implement a workable form of agency cooperation and coordination on the county level. Federal agencies participating in the Taos County Project included the Soil Conservation Service, Forest Service, Indian Service, National Youth Administration, Works Projects Administration, Farm Security Administration, General Land Office, and Grazing Service. Local representation included the County Health Department, the County Library Program, the Civilian Defense Council, educators, the Extension Service, the Red Cross, police, and interested laypeople. A tangible result of this project was the formation of the Taos County Cooperative Health Association in 1941, to carry out a health program for low income farm families in Taos County.


1 box (.3 cu. ft.)

Finding Aid of the Papers on Taos County, New Mexico, 1937-1953 (bulk 1940-1944)
Processed by B. Silbergleit
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 323 BC::Papers on Taos County, New Mexico)//EN" "nmu1mss323bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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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