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Albuquerque Urban Progress Records

Identifier: MSS-771-BC

Scope and Content

The Albuquerque Urban Progress (UP) records contain a range of materials pertaining to community improvement in beautification. Documents include fact sheets, correspondence, petitions, and literature from a broad spectrum of urban renewal and environmental organizations. The collection is divided into 3 series documenting the agenda, activities, progress and goals of Albuquerque Urban Progress (UP).

Administrative: This series contains meeting minutes, agendas, and materials pertaining to Albuquerque Urban Progress (UP) and their involvement with environmental and urban renewal organizations.

Subject/Research Files: The series contains correspondence between Albuquerque Urban Progress (UP) and prominent environmental and political organizations including the City Commission, Air Management Division. Documentation on a controversial proposed paper pulp mill on the Rio Grande River is included as are documents relating to the Rio Grande Project, a proposed historical park in the river valley.

Related Organizations: Materials focus on the committees that encouraged and structured Albuquerque Urban Progress (UP). The series contains reports, proposals, and correspondence which provided insight into the ambitions held by various urban renewal committees.


  • 1966-1969

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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.

Background Information

Albuquerque Urban Progress (UP) was founded in July 1966 by citizens interested in maintaining and improving the physical environment of Albuquerque. It was a non-partisan and non-political organization that promoted citizen participation in the urban process. The originators of this organization hoped to revitalize interest in the physical development and beautification of Albuquerque. Albuquerque Urban Progress (UP) was actively engaged in issues concerning the Rio Grande, air pollution, water quality, and parks and recreation. Albuquerque UP endorsed the Model Cities and Urban Renewal programs and participated in establishing goals for the City of Albuquerque. In addition, Albuquerque Urban Progress (UP) was an informational resource. They held monthly meetings on subjects of current interest and sought partnerships with other groups that were interested in similar projects. Albuquerque Urban Progress (UP) heartily supported the City Planning Commission and the City Planning Department in their efforts to establish sign control regulations in the city. Albuquerque Urban Progress was active for about three years, ceasing to exist by 1970.


1 box (.45 cu. ft.)


This collection documents the goals of Albuquerque Urban Progress (UP) and the alliances they had with various committees to promote beatification and urban development in Albuquerque.


The collection is divided into 3 series: Administrative, Subject/Research Files, Related Organizations

Related Archival Material

Eunice Kalloch Papers, Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. Albuquerque Conservation Association Records, Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. New Mexico Conservation Coordinating Council Records, Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Albuquerque Urban Progress Records, 1966-1969
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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