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Friends of the North Golf Course Records

Identifier: MSS-713-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains printed and handwritten organizational documents, news clippings, correspondence, publications, proposals, legal documents, memoranda, and other documents relating to the history, organization, and activities of Friends of the North Golf Course. Also included in this collection are audio and video recordings, photographs, maps, and architectural drawings. The collection is organized into the following seven series:

FNGC Administration - board meeting documents, financial reports, general correspondence, newsletters, promotional materials, and membership lists.

Projects and Activities - materials pertaining to specific projects the FNGC undertook, including the Barren Fairways Restoration and Beautification project, the Children's Psychiatric Hospital project, Meem Rest Structure restoration, golf course user surveys, and photographs. Also included are documents relating to FNGC grants from the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund.

University of New Mexico Administration - materials pertaining to FNGC 's relationship to the University of New Mexico administration, and FNGC efforts at lobbying both the University and the New Mexico State Legislature to halt development on golf course lands.

Media - news clippings, magazine articles, and audio and video materials relating to the history and activities of FNGC.

Related Organizations - materials relating to the Federation of University Neighborhoods (FUN), Netherwood Park Neighborhood

Notes, Logbooks, Volunteer Information - handwritten notes, logbooks, and index cards with volunteer information.

Oversize - maps and drawings of North Golf Course and surrounding area.


  • 1918-2014 (bulk 1985-1995, 2007)

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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.


Friends of the North Golf Course (FNGC), was founded in 1986 as an Albuquerque, NM based citizen action group dedicated to preserving 96 acres of University of New Mexico land as an open and undeveloped recreational area. FNGC studied land use, polled north golf course users, and sponsored nature walks and trash pick up days. They lobbied both the UNM administration and New Mexico Legislature for planned development in the area that would protect the flora and fauna and preserve the greenspace.

At the height of its activities, FNGC had over 400 members from the greater Albuquerque area. They administered a large Urban Enhancement Trust Fund grant to restore and beautify the undeveloped Barren Fairways area of the golf course. In addition to their activities on behalf of the north golf course, FNGC was the catalyst for the founding of Albuquerque's Federation of University Neighborhoods (FUN). FNGC disbanded in 1993 when the UNM administration withdrew its cooperation in the Barren Fairways restoration and beautification project.


2 boxes (2 cu. ft.) + 1 oversize folder


This collection contains the records of Friend of the North Golf Course (FNGC), an Albuquerque, New Mexico based citizen action group. FNGC focused on preventing building and development on the University of New Mexico's North Golf Course. The collection relates to the history of the organization, and the issues that were the focus of its activities.

Related Material

University of New Mexico Facility Planning Records. University Archives. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. Raymond E. Butler Albuquerque Neighborhood Associations' Records. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. Netherwood Park Neighborhood Association Records. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. Tom Rutherford Papers. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. Albuquerque Neighborhoods Vertical File. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Master audiocassettes stored in B3.

Processing Information

A small amount of material was added to the collection in May 2010. This material was filed in existing folders, and a note was inserted in the contents list when material was added to particular folders.

Material from 2007-2014 was added to the collection in 2017.
Finding Aid of the Friends of the North Golf Course Records, 1918-2014 (bulk 1985-2007)
Processed by Chris Vigil
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 713 BC::Friends of the North Golf Course Records)//EN" "nmu1mss713bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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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