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Beatrice Chauvenet Papers

Identifier: MSS-588-BC

Scope and Content

The Beatrice Chauvenet Papers contain manuscripts, correspondence, notes, articles, and clippings. The bulk of the collection pertains to her book, John Gaw Meem: Pioneer in Historic Preservation. This book was written under the working title, "Ventures in Historic Preservation." Included are the original and edited manuscripts and research materials on historic preservation in New Mexico. The collection also includes an unpublished article on Meem by Chauvenet, biographical material on Meem, and background on Las Trampas from John McHugh.

Photographs housed in photoarchives.


  • 1924-1984

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The collection is open for research.

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Beatrice Chauvenet, writer and community leader, was born July 22, 1902 in Iola, Kansas. She received an M.A. from the University of Michigan and moved to New Mexico in 1927. A long-time resident of Santa Fe, she was involved in several civic organizations. Her interest in historic preservation is reflected in her service on the Old Santa Fe Association, the Santa Fe Historical Society, the Santa Fe Planning Commission, and the Urban Renewal Commission.

Chauvenet's publications include Hewett and Friends: A Biography of Santa Fe's Vibrant Era (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1983) and John Gaw Meem: Pioneer in Historic Preservation (Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 1985).


1 box (.45 cu. ft.)

Related Material

John Gaw Meem Papers Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to Beatrice Chauvenet Photograph Collection.
Finding Aid of the Beatrice Chauvenet Papers, 1924-1984
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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