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Dale I. Perry Papers

Identifier: MSS-593-BC

Scope and Content

The collection contains photocopies of articles, publications, and sections of publications, as well as bibliographical notes, handwritten notes, correspondence, and microfilm relating to Perry's research for his dissertation on art patronage in colonial Mexico. Much of the material focuses on Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza and the Cathedral at Puebla, Mexico. Also included is a copy of Perry's master's thesis, The Altars of La Merced in Guatemala City: With an Emphasis on Stylistic Analysis and some related notes. There is some material pertaining to Perry's tenure at the University of New Mexico.

Photocopies of articles, publications, and segments of publications dominate the contents of Box 1. Perry's own research, notes, papers, and correspondence begin at the end of Box 1, and continue into Box 2. Box 2 also contains a small box of bibliographic index cards, and three reels of microfilm. Folder labels reflect those used by Perry, although there has been some modification for clarity. The number/letter codes were apparently related to Perry's internal filing system.

Materials in the collection are written in Spanish and English.


  • 1976-1982


Language of Materials

Spanish English

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.

Biographical Information

Dale Ira Perry was born on 27 May 1952 in Cranston, Rhode Island. After graduating from high school in Cranston, he attended the University of Rhode Island, where he received a B.A. in Anthropology in June 1974. During his undergraduate studies he developed a strong interest in archeology and art history. In the fall of 1974, he began studying pre-columbian Spanish colonial art with Dr. Donald Robertson at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1975, Perry was awarded a Matilda Geddings Gray Fellowship to study in Guatemala. These studies led to the completion of his thesis,The Altars of La Merced in Guatemala City: With a Method of Stylistic Analysis. Perry earned his masters degree in December 1976. He continued his academic career in a Ph.D. program at the University of New Mexico, where he attained ABD status. He died before he was able to complete his dissertation.

Dale Ira Perry's interest in art patronage began while studying with Dr. Robertson at Tulane University, and continued while at the University of New Mexico. The idea of writing his dissertation on Bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza first occurred in discussions with Dr. Bainbridge Bunting, and further evolved through discussions with Dr. Mary Grizzard and Dr. M. E. Smith. Palafox y Mendoza was the person responsible for finalizing the Cathedral of Puebla, Mexico. Perry believed that art patronage was an important and much neglected topic in art history. He hoped that his dissertation would help to focus more attention on the subject.


2 boxes ( 2 cu. ft. )

Finding Aid of the Dale I. Perry Papers, 1976-1982
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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