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Alice Lee Marriott Typescript and Letters

Identifier: MSS -643-SC

Scope and Content

This small collection consists of a photocopy typescript, "Spanish-American Folk Stories of some New Mexico Saints" and 7 typed letters from Marriott to Clark Kimball of Rydal Press in Santa Fe, (1985-1989). The manuscript is written in the vernacular of an old Spanish-American dialect of English in which her friend Jos? de la Cruz Romero relayed the stories of the saints to Marriott. The letters primarily discuss the potential for publication of this manuscript.


  • 1985-1989

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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

Alice Marriott was born in Wilmett, Illinois in 1910. Her parents moved the family to Oklahoma City when she was still a young girl. There, she developed a keen interest in American Indians. She was the first woman to receive a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma, in 1930. In 1935, she became field specialist for the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. In this capacity, she began collecting Native American art, and listening to artists' stories and legends. Her first book, The Ten Grandmothers, a biography of Kiowa women, was published in 1945.

Marriott spent some time living in the Santa Fe area, near San Ildefonso Pueblo. She integrated her first hand observations of Native Americans and Hispanics of the area into her fourth and fifth books, Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso (1948) and The Valley Below (1949). In the 1980's, she finished the manuscript, "Spanish-American Folk Stories of some New Mexico Saints." Although the manuscript was never published, it was slated to be performed in the St. Francis Auditorium in Santa Fe in 1989.

Marriott' ethnological reports, novels, short stories, and popular nonfiction helped promote a better understanding of American Indian culture, and aided in dispelling the "exotic savage" stereotype. In her lifetime, more than 20 of her books were published. She contributed to periodicals including Mademoiselle, Harper's, and the Southwest Review. Alice Marriott died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 18, 1992.


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Finding Aid of the Alice Lee Marriott Typescript and Letters, 1985-1989
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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