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Santa Fe Pairing Project Records

Identifier: MSS-551-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, newsletters, printed material, and photographs relating to the Pairing Project and Ground Zero in particular, and United States - Soviet relations in general during the 1980's. The collection was compiled by Amy V. Bunting, the Santa Fe coordinator for the Pairing Project. The collection is divided into four series:

SOVIET AMERICAN RELATIONS contains newspaper clippings, articles, correspondence, and other types of printed material.

PAIRING PROJECT includes organizational and educational materials, copies of correspondence sent to Petrovsk-Zabaykalsky from Santa Feans, correspondence and translations of correspondence sent to Santa Fe from Petrovsk-Zabaykalsky, and a collection of children's peace art sent from the Soviet Union.

TOURIST MATERIALS, SOUVENIRS, PUBLICATIONS is comprised of Soviet peace publications, tourist brochures, and souvenirs such as decals, postcards, and pins.

PEACE CRUISES contains materials relating to peace seminar cruises on the Volga and Mississippi Rivers. The cruises were a vehicle for promoting peace and improving relations between the United States and Soviet Union. This series was added in November 2005.

POSTERS consists of 13 posters.


  • 1980-1993 (bulk 1983-1985)

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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.

Organizational History

The Pairing Project was an offshoot of Ground Zero, an organization aimed at decreasing the threat of nuclear war through non-governmental channels. The Pairing Project was a grassroots effort to break down barriers between the United States and Russia by fostering friendly communication between people in similar U.S. and Soviet cities. Earl Molander, of Portland, Oregon is credited with creating the Pairing Project.

Santa Fe was one of 1,052 participating cities across the United States which were paired with 1,052 cities in the Soviet Union, on the basis of criteria such as similar geography, population,and/or economic base. Santa Fe was paired with Petrovsk-Zabaykalsky, which is located in Siberia, 200 miles southeast of Lake Baikal and north of Mongolia. Amy V. Bunting was the Santa Fe Pairing Project coordinator, and Richard Balthazar was the Project translator. The first mailing from Santa Fe to Petrovsk-Zabaykalsky was in October 1983, with participation coming from students, community groups, and interested individuals. The theme of this first Pairing Project communication was "First Strike... Make the First Strike a Knock at the Door."

The Santa Fe Pairing Project continued into 1985 at which time the City of Santa Fe became involved with Sister Cities International, and the city of Bukhara in Uzbekistan became Santa Fe's Sister City.


1 box (1 cu. ft.), plus oversize folder

Processing Information

An addition to the collection was processed in November 2005. Most materials in the addition relate to peace cruises on the Volga and Mississippi Rivers. Slight reorganization of the collection occurred while processing the addition.
Finding Aid of the Santa Fe Pairing Project Records, 1980-1993 (bulk 1983-1985)
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©2000, 2005
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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 551 BC::Santa Fe Pairing Project Records)//EN" "nmu1mss551bc.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