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Antonio A. Sedillo Papers,

Identifier: MSS-679-BC

Scope and Content

The collection contains material pertaining to two main topics: the split of the Republican Party at their 1932 New Mexico State convention, and the controversy created by a purposed survey to establish the level of racism among Anglo and Hispanic high school students in 1933. Materials on the split of the Republican Party discuss Bronson M. Cutting, Arthur Seligman, and Progressivism. Items relating to the racism survey look at the involvement of the University of New Mexico, George I. Sanchez, and Professor Richard M. Page. The scrapbook contains English and Spanish newspaper articles that follow these events. The folders contain some speeches, correspondence, and notes of Antonio A. Sedillo on these two topics.


  • 1932-1937


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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

Antonio A. Sedillo was born in Socorro, New Mexico on 15 April 1876, and began his education through public and private institutions. He was a probate clerk in Lincoln County, school teacher, and member of the boards of education in Socorro and Albuquerque. In 1901 he married Tula Vigil and they had five children together. Always wanting to practice law, Sedillo was admitted to the bar in El Paso, opened a practice in Socorro, and in 1907 moved his firm to Albuquerque. Sedillo was a dedicated public servant and served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of New Mexico in 1910 and was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives in 1924.

The Republican Party in the early 1930s was facing an internal crisis throughout the country. Progressive Republicans were increasingly frustrated with the Hoover administration and sought to take control of the Party. The result was the creation of the Progressive Party. New Mexico Senator Bronson M. Cutting split from the Republicans at the 1932 New Mexico convention and led the movement for the creation of the Progressive Party. Antonio A. Sedillo was an attorney in Albuquerque and a member of the Republican Party in 1932. Sedillo followed Cutting and joined the New Mexico Progressive Party ticket as the long term supreme court nominee.

The racism survey was ostensibly designed to determine the level of racist feelings among high school students, both English and Spanish speaking. Professor of Psychology Richard M. Page, University of New Mexico, helped develop the survey in conjunction with George I. Sanchez of the New Mexico Board of Education and the Rockefeller Foundation. The survey for English speaking students was prepared first and the Spanish speaking community was outraged by the questions included in the survey.


1 box (.3 cu. ft.)


This collection contains one scrapbook and three folders consisting mainly of newspaper clippings pertaining to the formation of the Progressive Party in New Mexico and the controversy created by a purposed survey to determine the level of racism among high school students, both events occurring in the early 1930s. Also included are some speeches and correspondence of attorney Antonio A. Sedillo who was a member of the Progressive Party.

Related Material

Richard Lowitt Papers on Bronson M. Cutting Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Richard Martin Page Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the Antonio A. Sedillo Papers, 1932-1937
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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