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Collection of Letters from Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

Identifier: MSS-441-SC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photocopies of eight letters Mr. Mike Silva, a long time resident of the Manzano area, solicited and received from various priests who served or visited the parish between 1954 and 1978. These recollections serve as a reminder of the church traditions and as a short history of the events important to the community and social life of Manzano.


  • 1954-1978

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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.

Institutional History

Manzano, New Mexico was settled in approximately 1829. It is a small Spanish village with homes scattered around the mountain fed spring known as the Ojo del Gigante (eye of the giant).

About the same time as settlement in 1829, the citizens petitioned to construct a chapel and cemetery area to be named Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, later known as Our Lady of Sorrows. The original chapel was constructed in a planting field some distance from the settlement. Because of the threat of Indian raids and the inaccessibility of the chapel in bad weather, it was decided that the church would be relocated to the Plaza de Apodaca in Manzano. This remained a mission church of Tome until it became a parish church in 1869. It has remained and functioned as a focal point of the community throughout its history.


1 Folder

Finding aid of the Collection of Letters from Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 1954-1978
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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 441 SC::Collection of Letters from Our Lady of Sorrows Parish)//EN" "nmu1mss441sc.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