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Construction Specifications Institute, Albuquerque Chapter Records

Identifier: MSS-740-BC

Scope and Content

This collection documents the activities of the Albuquerque, New Mexico chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, 1965-1998, relating to improving the process of creating and sustaining the built environment. Contents include meeting minutes, treasurer's reports, newsletters, president's correspondence, incorporation papers, by-laws, regional news, annual reports, educational materials, membership rosters, and photographs.

Meeting minutes reflect discussions to amend chapter by-laws, preparation for educational lectures and workshops, nominating new officers, and developing strategies to increase membership. The collection also contains issues of the Chapter newsletter, New Mex Spex. Some material in the collection relates to the Construction Specifications Institute, Southwest Region, as well as the national organization.


  • 1965-1998

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The collection is open for research.

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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..

Background Information

The Construction Specifications Institute was founded in 1948 as a technical society whose aim was to improve the process of creating and sustaining the built environment at a national level. A response to the post-World War II construction boom in the United States, the group fosters communication among professionals in non-residential building design and construction. The C.S.I. develops standards and offers continuing education, professional conferences, and certification to encourage consistency in construction specifications. The society strives to meet the industry's need for a common organizational system that presents construction information consistently at every level. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, C.S.I. now has well over one-hundred regional and local chapters nationwide. Covering a wide range of issues, the C.S.I. addresses construction estimating, specification writing and standardization, and understanding safety codes.

Efforts to form the C.S.I., Albuquerque Chapter, began in 1965. The Albuquerque Chapter was incorporated as a non-profit organization on December 13, 1977. It is affiliated with the C.S.I. Southwest region, along with cities such as Denver, Tucson and El Paso. Membership in the Albuquerque Chapter includes architects, engineers, construction contractors and suppliers.

Source: Construction Specification Institute web site.


3 boxes (2.45 cu. ft.)


This collection contains records of the Construction Specifications Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico chapter. It documents activities relating to improving the process of creating and sustaining the built environment.

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Finding Aid of the Construction Specifications Institute, Albuquerque Chapter Records, 1965-1998
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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

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