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New Mexico Folklore Society Records

Identifier: MSS-540-BC

Scope and Content

The New Mexico Folklore Society Records consist of two scrapbooks containing member and visitor signatures as well as a wide variety of material relevant of New Mexico folklore. Other papers include announcements and programs, financial records, correspondence, newsletters, mailing lists, Endowment Fund information, the Constitution, and materials pertaining to the New Mexico Folklore Record.


  • 1931-1987

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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

The New Mexico Folklore Society (NMFS) was established in the spring of 1931 by a group of five people who met in Hodgin Hall at the University of New Mexico. Anita Osuna, then head of the Spanish Department, organized this meeting by inviting another Spanish instructor, Lolita H. Pooler; T.M. Pearce of the English Department; Lansing Bloom of the History Department; and James P. Threlkeld, owner of the New Mexico Bookstore. These founding members agreed that the purpose of the Society would be to collect and preserve New Mexico folklore. The members elected officers, drew up a constitution, and set dues and dates for meetings.

The Society has sponsored many exhibits, lectures, folklore festivals, and publications. From 1944 until 1946, members participated in a project for the American Dialect Society, which was to collect proverbial sayings in English found in both written and oral traditions of New Mexico. In 1947, the Society began publication of the New Mexico Folklore Record. In 1965, the University of New Mexico Press published New Mexico Place Names, A Geographical Dictionary which was a society project that began in 1948. This book was edited by T.M. Pearce, Ina Sizer Cassidy, and Helen S. Pearce. The NMFS has also established a Folklore Endowment fund to underwrite future publications and research.


2 boxes

Related Material

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

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to New Mexico Folklore Society Photograph Collection.

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • New Mexico Folklore Record
Finding Aid of the New Mexico Folklore Society Records, 1931-1987
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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