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New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities Records

Identifier: MSS-651-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of records for the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, detailing the business of the organization founded as the New Mexico Humanities Council in 1972. Also documented is its relationship to the National Endowment for the Humanities and similar institutions throughout the United States. The collection is arranged chronologically with most projects overlapping for a limited number of years.

The collection is divided into chronological series by year, 1972-1992. Within each year are subseries for Organization and Administrative Materials, Projects, Scholars Papers, and Speakers/Programs where relevant. Organizational records include financial records, internal and external correspondence, memoranda, board information, meeting information and minutes, announcements, conferences, reports, photographs, slides and press clippings. Project files include grant applications, project titles, file numbers, program location, topics, project accounting, required reports, and evaluations. Scholars and speakers programs promoted by the organization include Chautauqua performances, essay contests, specialized speakers, programs and performances.


  • 1971-1993

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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.

Institutional History

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) was created in 1965 by Congress to support the "study and application of the humanities to the human environment." In June of 1972, a contingent of New Mexican citizens were invited to Washington, D.C., to be briefed on the Endowment's state based programs. This group subsequently became accountable for seeking the initial planning grant from NEH. Later, they held responsibility for implementing the operating grant to support a state-based program in the Humanities for New Mexico. The committee was further charged with developing central themes by consulting with other humanists, educators, and the public; and establishing contacts and promoting interest in the program throughout the state. Finally, it became the granting agency for projects undertaken. The New Mexico Committee formalized its organization by appointing Dean T.W. Gale as its first Chairman, and by appointing a staff person, Dr. Dudley Wynn, as its first Executive Secretary. In New Mexico, the state based nonprofit organization was funded in 1972/73 as the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC). Later it was renamed the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities (NMEH) 1987/88.

To further embrace a statewide initiative, 26 volunteer council members agreed to serve on the first NMHC Board representing various geographical, ethnic, and occupational groups within the state. Their interests furthered the evaluation of grant proposals and their expertise assisted in developing humanities programs on public issues throughout the state. Since 1972, the executive staff and administrators, along with the volunteer board members, have systematized an ever evolving and uniquely enriching humanities program for the state of New Mexico.


68 boxes (67.1 cu. ft.)


This collection consists of records of the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities, a state-based organization affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Documents relate to the development of the program, projects, correspondence, and public relations.

Separated Material

NMEH retains materials related to the day-to-day office operation and personnel records.

Processing Information

Inquire with reference staff for access to an unprocessed addition of 24 boxes. These boxes are numbered 1-24 and shelved on B3; unprocessed boxes 1-17 are located B3-3A and unprocessed boxes 18-24 are located on B3-3B.
Finding Aid of the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities Records, 1971-1993
Processed by Rose Diaz and Jacobo Baca
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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