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Alice Bullock Papers

Identifier: MSS-478-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of literary manuscripts, feature articles, photographs and research materials of Alice Bullock, writer and educator. Published and unpublished book and story manuscripts include an unpublished autobiography, entitled "Middens", and a manuscript for a book on stamp collecting for children. Subject files containing research notes, articles and printed material on New Mexico travel, folklore, history and personalities. Business and personal records contain book reviews by Bullock and reviews of her work, records relating to publication of her work and some personal correspondence. Materials relating to the many organizations she belonged to, including the New Mexico Folklore Society and New Mexico Press Women are included here as well. The collection also contains scrapbooks of her feature articles and book reviews, 1952-1978.

All photographs by Bullock, taken to accompany her feature articles, are housed in the Photo Archives.


  • 1951-1984


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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.


Alice Bullock, born Alice Lowe in 1904, lived in Buck, Indian Territory until 1912. At that time her family moved to the mining town of Gardiner, New Mexico. After the eighth grade, she went to Raton to attend high school, as Gardiner didn't have one. Following high school graduation, she attended New Mexico Normal University in Las Vegas and earned a teaching certificate. She taught school in Union, Mora, Colfax and Santa Fe counties. Many of her later writings were based on her teaching experiences.

Bullock moved to Santa Fe in 1941 with her husband, Dale Bullock, whom she married in 1935. She lived at 812 Gildersleeve in Santa Fe until her death in 1986. Her first story was published in 1952. During the 1950s she sold hundreds of stories--mostly fiction. Some of those stories were submitted and published under the pen name Bill Bullock, because she felt that the editors of most western magazines would be reluctant to consider stories written by a woman.

It wasn't until the late 1960s that Bullock began the writing career she is now known for. About that time she began writing her familiar features on New Mexico people and places, often illustrated with her own photography. She traveled around Northern New Mexico collecting folklore, local history and photographs to accompany her articles. Her features frequently appeared in The New Mexican and New Mexico Magazine. Her first book, Living Legends of the Santa Fe Country, was published in 1970, followed by a revised edition in 1972 and a later edition in 1978. Her other published books include Mountain Villages, 1973, The Squaw Tree, 1978 and Monumental Ghosts, 1987. A voracious reader, she also wrote many book reviews and served as book review editor for The New Mexican and El Palacio.


10 boxes (7.4 cu. ft.), plus oversized folder

Related Material

T. M. Pearce Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Southwest Travel Literature Collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Pictorial material transferred to the Alice Bullock Pictorial Collection.


Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
  7. Email:
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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