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Glen Orville Ream Papers

Identifier: MSS-409-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of five scrapbooks and thirty folders of papers, correspondence, and memorabilia pertaining to Glen O. Ream. The scrapbooks contain numerous examples of Ream's cartoons and other artwork. Among his non-published cartoons are many which reflect his experiences in the U. S. Army in 1918. Also contained in the scrapbooks are examples of Ream's other artistic talents, such as that evident in his linoleum block cut designs. The scrapbooks also contain clippings about Glen Ream Day and Ream's achievements and honors. Also housed in this collection are the original illustrations published in Isis Harrington's Told in the Twilight, examples of Ream's cartoon strip "Little First Americans," and samples of Ream's writing. Several articles written by Ream were submitted (with varying success) to assorted journals. His writings reflect his interests in the introduction of archaeology to high school students, high school students' projects in satellite tracking (1961), the history of education in New Mexico, and the history of the state, in general. On the latter theme, Ream published the book Out of New Mexico's Past in 1980, and this, too, is in this collection. Ream's master's thesis regarding the relative academic success of students of Spanish-American heritage is available to researchers in this collection, as are copies of Ream's speeches and notebooks used for teaching art history and line drawing. In his writings, Ream mentions a few noted students of Albuquerque High School, including Hollywood actor Don Alvarado. Correspondence between Glen Ream and E.R. Harrington, as well as correspondence with silent movie actress Lillian Gish is also contained in this collection.


  • 1926-1976

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The collection is open for research.

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Glen O. Ream, born in 1893, was principal at Albuquerque High School for over thirty years. He received his M.A. from Yale University -- where his thesis dealt with the relative academic success of Spanish American High School students -- and attended a short session at the Chicago Academy of Art. Ream used the latter experience in his cartooning (which appeared in numerous publications such as the Albuquerque Tribune, Baptist New Mexican Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, and the New Mexico School Review). Many of Ream's cartoons dealt with school-related phenomena, while others, especially those which formed part of the comic strip "Little First Americans" addressed the culture of Native Americans in the Southwest, albeit in a stereotypical and paternalistic manner. The subtexts of the cartoons display the dominant ethnic and gender stereotypes of the era. Ream also illustrated the book Told in the Twilight by Isis Harrington. Among his other contributions to society in Albuquerque was Ream's role as the coordinator of the Boy Scouts of America of Albuquerque. However, Ream is most noted for his contributions to education. He served in the Albuquerque Public School System for 36 years. From 1926 to 1958, he was the respected principal of Albuquerque High School. For this work, Ream received numerous honors, including a day named in his honor. Glen Ream Day was celebrated at Albuquerque High School in 1972, fourteen years after Ream's retirement. Ream was also honored for his 50 years of membership in the Rotary Club.


2 boxes (1.83 cu. ft.)


This collection is comprised of papers and scrapbooks pertaining to Glen O. Ream, educator in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Related Material

Eldred R. Harrington Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

The photographs have been transferred to Glen O. Ream Pictorial Collection.

See List of Separated Photographs after Container List.

List of Separated Photographs

  1. Two pictures of Koshari tour guides
  2. Green corn dance at Santo Domingo Pueblo. 1926 Three photos.
  3. Photo of Santo Domingo
  4. Mr. Howard who drove the truck carrying equipment for camping en route to Mopi Snake Dance. 1925
  5. Eleven football players pictures taken at Albuquerque train station en route to the Rose Bowl of 1921.
  6. Mrs. Thompson, wife of the President of Ohio State.
  7. Three pictures taken at a football game.
  8. Yale University, Narkness Tower, two other photos.
  9. Sandia Mountain Indian ruins. 1920s.
  10. Site of PA-A-KO Indian Pueblo on east slope of Sandia Mountains.
  11. Glen Ream and representative of Colliers Magazine. 1929.
  12. Two pictures of Jemez River.
  13. Portland, Maine
  14. One black and white, autographed photo of John Lewis, jazz musician and former student of Albuquerque High School.
Finding aid of the Glen Orville Ream Papers, 1926-1976
Processed by K. Stocker
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Finding aid is in English

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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