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Raymond E. Butler Albuquerque Neighborhood Associations Records

Identifier: MSS-583-BC

Scope and Content

This is a collection of materials pertaining to the national and local "neighborhood movement" during the 1970s and 1980s. The materials were collected by Raymond E. (Tim) Butler. Butler was an active member of Albuquerque's Spruce Park Neighborhood Association, the Sycamore Park Neighborhood Association (which included members of the Spruce Park and Silver Hill Neighborhood Associations), and the Sycamore Citizens Redevelopment Task Force (a committee appointed by the City Council in 1981 to get views on the need for declaring the Sycamore area a Metropolitan Redevelopment Area). The collection also includes materials relating to the Coalition of Albuquerque Neighborhoods (CAN), an organization created by neighborhood leaders in 1977 to be an active advocate for neighborhood issues.

The primary goal of the neighborhood movement was to ensure community involvement in the process of planning for "rational growth and development". The neighborhood associations were concerned with topics such as planning, zoning, water, public schools, and traffic. In Albuquerque, there was tension between the neighborhood associations and the City Council concerning how much power the neighborhood associations should have. This issue is documented through newspaper articles and correspondence within the collection.

The collection contains notes, reports, newsletters, publications, news clippings, petitions, surveys, correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas. It contains general organizational materials as well as information about the national neighborhood movement and Albuquerque's neighborhood movement in general, with a specific focus on issues pertaining to the Spruce Park and Sycamore Park areas.


  • 1978-1985

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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.


2 boxes (2 cu. ft.) + 1 oversize folder

Related Material

Vertical Files: Albuquerque Neighborhoods, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Raymond E. Butler Albuquerque Neighborhood Associations Records, 1978-1985
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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