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New Mexico Solar Energy Association Records

Identifier: MSS-512-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains the records and library of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association. The organization collected resources on solar related information. The bulk of the collection dates from 1974-1983. The collection is arranged by subject, and is divided into the following 10 series:

NMSEA Administration. This series contains NMSEA's administrative files including governance, correspondence, minutes, grant proposals, program planning, fund raising and financial records, questionnaires, etc. It also contains materials related to NMSEA sponsored projects such as workshops, fairs, conferences, tours, training, Native American projects, and activity history, (1976-1980). This series includes complete runs of NMSEA's newsletter, Sunpaper (1975-1976), Bulletin (1976-1977), Southwest Bulletin (1977-1980), Sunpaper (1980), New Sunpaper (1993-1999), NMSEA SunPaper (2000-).

Energy Conservation. This series contains information related to solar and non-solar (alternative) technologies, applications of solar and non-solar energy for agriculture and landscape, and energy conservation policies.

Materials related to solar technologies include collectors, hot water heaters, air heaters, cookers, glazing, shading, passive cooling, ponds, selective surfaces, aluminum cans, trombe walls, mass walls, adobe, rammed earth, etc. Information on non-solar technologies covers water, grey water, ocean energy, wind, toilets, stirling engine, transportation, electrical systems, double envelopes, wood heat, geothermal, earth shelters, masonry, hydro-electric, lighting, and insulation . This series also contains information on solar and non-solar applications in agriculture and landscape, including farms, greenhouses, home gardens, community gardens, insect and disease control, alcohol fuels, biogass, biomass, crop dryers. Finally, this series contains information on energy policies such as ordinances, economic policy, financing, funding, solar and alternative technology organizations, audits, and biographies of solar leaders.

Solar Structures and Philosophies. This series contains information on a variety of buildings, environments, and philosophies. This includes houses, offices, schools, government buildings, mobile homes, rental housing, and churches. Builder guidelines are included in this series, as is information related to rural environments, developing countries, community organizations. Literature on the energy crisis, the history of solar energy, environmental issues, energy and the elderly, energy and the poor, etc. will also be found in this series.

Education. This series contains information on solar curriculum, vocational training, teaching sustainability, institutes, grants, including literature, guides, and training packets.

Quantitative Research. This series contains research on net energy, air quality, insolation, azimuth, collector standards, cost analysis, performance reports, sizing collectors, efficiency, indoor air quality, embodied energy, solar research at universities, arid climate design, climate data, orientation, material properties, u values, human comfort, temperature data, infiltration, and future trends.

Product Guides and Resources. This series contains state conservation information as well as product guides, informational brochures, bibliographies, and directories.

Non-NMSEA Publications, Workshops, and Conferences. This series contains articles, journals, and publications related to solar issues and energy conservation. Materials in this series have not been produced by NMSEA. Publications are both national and international in scope, originating from the DOE, NASA, HUD, PNM, Sandia, EDRA, LANL, Ed Mazria, Jay McGrew, etc. There are significant runs of Alternative Sources of Energy (Milaca, MN), Earth Shelter Living Newsletter (St. Paul, MN), Rain (Portland, OR), Renewable Energy News (Ottawa, Canada), and Solar Flashes, (Alamosa, CO). This series also contains information on non-NMSEA sponsored workshops and conferences.

Oversized. This series contains large format materials, including drawings, details, plans, and publications.

Audio. This series consists 37 audio cassettes. The majority of the tapes are of the 1978 Passive Conference and the 1982 Ghost Ranch Conference. There are a few audio cassettes that relate to slide show talks.

Photographs and Slides. This series contains photographs and slides of solar homes, greenhouses and devises. There are also photographs documenting NMSEA sponsored workshops and other events.


  • 1956-2002 (bulk 1974-1983)


Language of Materials


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.

Historical Inforation

The New Mexico Solar Energy Association was formally organized in the summer of 1974 with 55 members to provide for the increasing public demand for assistance in solar design. NMSEA was set up as an outreach program that included demonstrations of projects, tours of solar buildings, information dissemination, publication of Sunpaper and Southwest Bulletin; and demonstration/consultation on energy conserving practices. A few of the founding members were Bill and Susan Yanda, Keith Haggart, and Dr. J. Douglas Balcomb.

NMSEA provided low cost, unbiased technical advice to owner-builders and building professionals alike. They gave (and still give) educational workshops, classes, tours, and training programs to groups of all kinds. Their research and development program provided valuable information in response to expressed needs from the community. Their library and resource/demonstration center gave timely and useful information on hundreds of topics. The Ghost Ranch Life Technics Conference, held annually by NMSEA was renown as one of the finest such gatherings in the world.

Due to the elimination of government subsidies in the early 1980s, the NMSEA had to cut back until they could no longer provide all the services they had in the past. Susequently, NMSEA's main focus became educational activities such as presenting at schools and sponsoring annual Solar Fiestas.


24 boxes (21 cu.ft.) + 1 oversize folder


This collection contains the New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA) records. The material is related to the administrative issues and activities of the organization, including publications, information on solar technologies and sustainability, education, research papers and photographs.

Related Archival Material

NMSEA website

Center for Regional Studies and the Center for Southwest Research Fellows presentation, Alicia Brown.

Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Paul Lusk Papers. Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico John Ussery Papers. Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Many publications have been added to the general collections of the University of New Mexico Libraries.See list of publications

Original reel to reel stored in B3.

List of Publications Transferred to the UNM Libraries General Collections

  • Agriculture Handbook No. 188 (March 1961)
  • American Section of the ISES. Satellites and Forecasting of Solar Radiation, American Section of the ISES: 1981.
  • Award Winning Energy Education Activities,1977
  • Barber, Virginia and Mathews, Rick. Starting a Local Conservation and Passive Solar Retrofit Program: An Energy Planning Source book, D.O.E.: 1982.
  • Breuning, Carl and Evangel, Fred. Solar Dictionary, The Energy Store: 1983.
  • Breuning, Carl and Evangel, Fred. Solar Dictionary (working copy), The Energy Store: 1983.
  • Bringing Energy to the People: Washington, D.C. and Ghana: Grades 6,7. February 1978
  • Climate of New Mexico, 1973
  • Climatological Data: Annual Summary, Volume 84 No. 13 (1980)
  • Catania, Peter. Applications of Solar Energy: Proceedings of the Solar Energy Seminar, University of Regina: 1976.
  • Center for Renewable Resources. Proceedings: A Summary of the Second Annual National Citizens' Solar Energy Conference
  • Coe, Gigi. Present Value: Constructing a Sustainable Future, Office of Appropriate Technology: 1979.
  • Commoner, Barry. The Poverty of Power, Bantam Books: 1976.
  • Current Published Searched from the NTIS Bibliographic Data Base,
  • D.O.E. Low Energy Futures for the United States, D.O.E.: 1980.
  • D.O.E. The Passive and Hybrid Solar Energy Program, DOE: 1980.
  • D.O.E. Photovoltaic Energy Systems, D.O.E.: 1981.
  • D.O.E. and H.U.D. A Survey of Passive Solar Buildings, DOE: 1979.
  • Daniels, Farrington. Direct Use of the Sun's Energy, Ballantine Books: 1964.
  • Dry Kiln Operator's Manual.
  • Dunlap, Wayne, Gallaway, Bob, and Wolfskill, Lyle. Handbook for Building Homes of Earth, Texas Transportation Institute.
  • Energy and the Elderly, August 4, 1981 (Source book)
  • Energy and Transportation, Grade 3 (March 1979 2 copies)
  • Energy Bibliography, Annotated, 1978
  • Energy Directory and Bibliography, 1977
  • Energy-Environment Mini-unit Guide, 1975
  • Energy from the Wind, December 1979
  • Energy Information Directory, First Quarter 1982 and Fourth Quarter 1982
  • The Energy We Use, Grade 1, February 1980
  • Energytic New Mexico...The Power State, December 1975
  • Environmental Education Information Report, December 1976
  • Fleck, Paul. Solar Energy Handbook, 1st Edition, Time-Wise Publications: 1977.
  • Giffels Associates, Inc. Solar Energy and Housing, AIA Research Corporation: 1975.
  • Harding, Jim. Tools for the Soft Path, Friends of the Earth: 1982.
  • Home Energy Guide, January 1984
  • Jakob, Max. Heat Transfer, John Wiley and Sons: 1949.
  • Jequier, Nicolas. Appropriate Technology: Problems and Promises, Appropriate Technology Project of Volunteers in Asia: 1976.
  • Keyes, Ken. The Hundredth Monkey, Vision Books.
  • Market Potential Indexing Study: Passive Solar Space Heating and active Domestic Hot Water Potential for New Mexico, November 1981
  • McGuinness, William, and Stein, Benjamin. Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 5th Edition, John Wiley and Sons: 1971.
  • Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Association. Proceedings of "Solar Glazing: 1979 Topical Conference", Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Association: 1979.
  • Miller, G. Tyler. Living in the Environment: Concepts, Problems, and Alternatives, Wadsworth Publishing Co.: 1975.
  • Monthly Performance Report, Albuquerque Western I, December 1980
  • The Mother Earth News, 1972-82
  • National Concrete Masonry Association. Passive Solar Construction Handbook, National Concrete Masonry Association: 1981.
  • Networks: How Energy Links People, Goods, and Services, Grades 4,5, February 1978
  • "New Mexico Consumer Resource Guide", Informational Pamphlet, February 1982
  • New Mexico Solar Business Directory, 1978-82 The New Mexico Solar Energy Resource, Draft, February 1977
  • No Heat No Rent: An Urban Solar and Energy Conservation Manual, September 1977
  • Office of Commercialization Conservation and Solar Energy. "Futures" for Energy Cooperatives, DOE: 1980.
  • Passive Solar Design, A Short Bibliography for Practitioners, October 1978
  • Passive Solar Design Handbook, Passive Solar Design Concepts, March 1980
  • Photovoltaic Product Directory and Buyers Guide,1982
  • Protecting Solar Access for Residential Development, February 1980
  • Ricci, Massimo. Geometria Solare e Forma Architettonica, Officine Grafiche Firenze: 1982.
  • Rivers of Energy: The Hydropower Potential, Worldwatch Paper 44; June 1981.
  • Selecting Water-Pumping Windmills, January 1978
  • Selling the Solar Home '80, January 1980
  • Shurcliff, William. Thermal Shutters and Shades, Brick House Publishing: 1980.
  • Site Planning for Solar Access, May 1980
  • Six Steps to a Sustainable Society, Worldwatch Paper 48; March 1982
  • Solar Business Directory, 1983-4
  • Solar Energy Commercialization for Middle East Countries, December 1978
  • Solar Energy Handbook, 1975 (2 copies)
  • Solar Energy Project: General Topics, U.S. Dept. of Energy, 1979
  • Solar Energy Project: Text; Reader; Teacher's Guide, U.S. Dept. of Energy
  • Solar for Your Present Home
  • Solar Usage Now, Inc. Peoples' Solar Source book, Solar Usage Now: 1980.
  • Solarex Corp. Making and Using Electricity from the Sun, Tab Books: 1979.
  • Sunset Homeowner's Guide to Solar Heating, September 1978
  • Technology for solar Energy Utilization, 1978
  • Threlkeld, James. Thermal Environmental Engineering, Second Edition, Prentice-Hall: 1970.
  • Training Community College Faculty in the Techniques and Skills Required for Solar Energy System Installation, May 1980
  • Transportation and the City, Grades 8, 9,October 1977
  • Two Energy Gulfs, Grades 6,7, March 1979
  • Tyson, Frances. How to Stomp on Most Everyone's Pet Corn, Frances Tyson: 1982.
  • Underground Designs, 1977
  • Utah Renewable Energy Directory, November 1981
  • Van der Ryn, Sim. The Toilet Papers, Capra Press: 1978.
  • Washington State Office of Public Instruction. Energy, Food, and You, Office of Environmental Education: 1977.
  • The Woodburner's Encyclopedia, March 1980

Processing Information

Reprocessed with addition, May 2003; additional material (box 24) added August 2008.
Finding Aid of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association Records, 1956-2002 (bulk 1974-1983)
Processed by Alicia Brown
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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 512 BC::New Mexico Solar Energy Association Records)//EN" "nmu1mss512bc.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