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H. W. Stowell Papers

Identifier: MSS-505-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of manuscripts of articles, most of them unpublished and undated. There are 13 folders divided by subject area, including articles on Arizona and New Mexico, photography, railroads, motorcycling, and various mechanical inventions and problem solving. Stowell describes his motorcycle and photography trips through the Southwest, as well as points of interest such as the inscribed mystery stone near Los Lunas, New Mexico, and various petroglyph sites. Some of his manuscripts also recount New Mexico legends.

Lists of manuscripts written by Stowell are found in one folder. Also included are numerous drawings for his inventions. Photographs are housed in the Photoarchives.


  • 1933-1983


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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.

Biographical Information

Stowell was a machinist who worked for the Santa Fe Railroad and lived in Albuquerque. In addition to his vocation he was an amateur photographer, freelance writer, motorcyclist and inventor. Some of his mechanics related articles were published in trade journals and a few of his travel articles were published in New Mexico Magazine and in motorcycling magazines. He also had a regular column in Santa Fe Magazine, a magazine for railroad employees.


1 box

Separated Material

Photographs transferred to Harold W. Stowell Photograph Collection.
Finding Aid of the H. W. Stowell Papers, 1933-1983
Processed by Donald Burge
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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