John L. Kessell Papers
Scope and Content
Pecos Research: Materials in this series were collected by Kessell as primary research for Kiva, Cross and Crown: the Pecos Indians and New Mexico, 1540-1840. Aside from copies of original Spanish materials, there are also studies conducted by the National Park Service on the Pecos area, Kessell's manuscripts, including an unpublished manuscript Kessell wrote as a Pecos historical handbook. Also included are cards containing abstracts of archival sources.
Arizona-Sonora Research: This series contains research materials on Spanish missions such as Guevavi and Tumacacori and activities of the Jesuit and Franciscan priests in the Arizona-Sonora area. Much of the research is related to Kessell's Friars, Soldiers and Reformers: Hispanic Arizona and the Sonora Mission Frontier, 1767-1856, other materials are tied to Kessell's research for articles and essays, and Kessell's book, Mission of Sorrows; Jesuit Guevavi and the Pimas, 1691-1767. A few of the articles are included in both early and final drafts. Representative materials in this series include notes, outlines, photocopied documents, maps and correspondence. Also included are cards containing abstracts of archival sources.
Salinas Research: Kessell received an assignment from the National Park Service to conduct preliminary cultural research on Salinas Pueblo. Relying mostly on resources from the University of New Mexico Zimmerman Library, Kessell assembled materials documenting the Spanish period at Salinas. This series also includes National Park Service issued reports on other properties of the Salinas area.
Maria de Agreda: This series contains research materials and published and unpublished writings relating to Maria de Agreda, the Lady in Blue (1602-1665). Kessell used this research for Kiva, Cross, and Crown and Spain in the Southwest . Maria de Agreda preached Christianity in the American Southwest -- most notably in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
Missions: This series contains research material gathered by Kessell for his book, Missions of New Mexico since 1776. Articles, clippings, correspondence, photographs, and notes pertaining to New Mexico missions are contained in the collection, as are materials related to publication of the manuscript.
Correspondence: This series documents nearly 5 decades of Kessell's personal and professional activities. Included are letters between Kessell and scholars researching the history of New Mexico, as well as documents and correspondence with institutions such as the New Mexico Historical Review and the University of New Mexico, as well as correspondence wtih friends, students, administrators, scholars and publishers. Unpublished papers, secondary source materials, newspaper clippings, travel mementos, postcards and photographs are scattered within the correspondence. A 2016 addition to this series focuses on Kessell's research and publication about Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco.
Language of Materials
Kessell later returned to the National Park Service and took several contract positions. While on assignment he wrote Kiva, Cross, and Crown: The Pecos Indians and New Mexico, 1540-1840. He also conducted some preliminary research on Salinas Pueblo National Monument.
John L. Kessell is retired from the History Department at the University of New Mexico.
Source: Kessell, John L. Friars, Soldiers, and Reformers. Tucson, University of Arizona Press, 1976.
17 boxes (16 cu. ft.) plus 5 boxes (5 cu. ft.) of unprocessed materials.
- Pecos Research Materials
- Arizona-Sonora Research Materials
- Salinas Research Materials
- Maria de Agreda Research Materials
- Missions Research Materials
Correspondence from 2011-2016 added in January 2018.
Please inquire with reference staff regarding access to the following unprocessed additions: November 2020, five boxes; May 2021, four boxes consisting mainly of illustrations and slides related to Professor Kessell's research and published works; June 2021, two boxes and rolled maps/illustrations. All are shelved on B3-2B.
- Finding Aid of the John L. Kessell Papers, 1582-2020
- Processed by Jason Strykowski, Twyla Reinig
- ©2006, ©2018
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