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Jerry Apodaca Papers

Identifier: MSS-562-BC

Scope and Content

The Jerry Apodaca papers relate to Apodaca's term as Governor of New Mexico, 1974-1978. The collection consists of letters, memos, schedules, reports, and photographs. Documentation relates to administrative agencies, especially commissions and boards. Material about executive branch appointments and official travel is also included. Photographs are housed in Photoarchives.


  • 1972-1979


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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Biographical Information

Jerry Apodaca was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1934. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, he opened his own insurance business. In 1965, Apodaca was elected to the New Mexico state legislature, where he served four terms, 1966-1974.

He was elected governor in 1974, the first Hispanic governor in the U.S. since 1918. One of the priorities of his gubernatorial administration, 1975-1978, was reorganizing state government. In 1975 Apodaca created a cabinet system of government, with twelve major departments. During his tenure he also consolidated agencies and abolished several boards and commissions. Apodaca was appointed to a national level position by President Jimmy Carter, who named him Chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness in 1978.

After his term as governor, Apodaca became involved in publishing periodicals targeting Hispanic audiences. He was a founder of Vista Magazine, and the first publisher of Hispanic Magazine. He also served on the University of New Mexico Board of Regents, 1985-1991.


23 boxes (23 cu. ft.)

Related Material

Toney Anaya Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Photographs are housed in CSWR Pictorial Collections.

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • New Mexico Blue Book, Santa Fe: Secretary of State, 1975-1976 & 1977-1978.
  • "UNM Regent President Jerry Apodaca" [videorecording],Albuquerque: KNME-TV, 1986.

Processing Information

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Finding Aid of the Jerry Apodaca Papers, 1972-1979
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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