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John Gaw Meem Job Files

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-790-BC

Scope and Content

The John Gaw Meem Job Files contain professional correspondence, proposals, specifications, bids, memos, contracts, contractor accounts, progress notes, change orders, schematics, soil analysis, photographs, certificates of payment, and other information pertaining to the administration of Meem's architectural projects. Professional work is represented by records of various Meem firms such as John Gaw Meem, Hugo Zehner and Associates; Meem, Zehner, Holien and Associates; Meem, Holien, Buckley and Associates, and work with his original partner, Cassius McCormick. Most jobs represented in the collection are located in New Mexico, primarily, in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, with many jobs at the University of New Mexico.

Dates

  • 1925-1960

Language of Materials

English

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.

®JOHN GAW MEEM

The United States Patent and Trademark office registered JOHN GAW MEEM as a trademark for any commercial use of the name related to John Gaw Meem's "archtiectural plans and drawings of architectural works and architectural details." Trademark number 2,225,118.

Biographical Information

John Gaw Meem, 1894-1983, is one of New Mexico's most renowned architects. Perhaps more than any other individual, John Gaw Meem is responsible for the conservation, development and propagation of the Southwestern regional architectural style. He was born in Pelota, Brazil of American parents. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1915 with a Bachelor of Science. In 1920 he contracted tuberculosis and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in order to recover. While bedridden at Sunmount Sanatorium, he developed an interest in architecture. When he was sufficiently recovered, he went to Denver where he worked in the office of Fisher & Fisher and studied at the Atelier Denver, a Beaux Arts Institute studio. In 1924 he opened an office in Santa Fe and practiced architecture continuously until his retirement in 1960.

Meem was a leading advocate of Spanish-Pueblo style architecture and designed new buildings in a soft adobe style that reflected New Mexico's rich cultural heritage. He was involved in historic preservation throughout his life, collecting a significant number of Historic American Buildings Survey photographs, now housed in the pictorial collections at the Center for Southwest Research, Zimmerman Library. John Gaw Meem was the leading architect for the University of New Mexico from 1933 to 1959, designing some 40 buildings on the campus that lend to its Southwestern atmosphere. In 1975, Meem donated his collection of plans, drawings, models, photographs, and office papers to the University of New Mexico library. These form the basis of the John Gaw Meem Archives of Southwestern Architecture, which houses collections of records from a number of New Mexico architects and their firms.

Meem died in Santa Fe on August 4, 1983.

Extent

64 Boxes (64 cu. ft.)

Abstract

This collection contains John Gaw Meem's files pertaining to his architectural projects, predominantly in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM, 1925-1960. Files consist of correspondence, proposals, specifications, bids, contracts, contractor accounts, progress notes, change orders, schematics, soil analysis, photographs, and certificates of payment.

Arrangement

Boxes are arranged by Job Number. Finding aid is arranged by geographic locale.

Related Archival Material

John Gaw Meem Papers. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. John Gaw Meem Photograph Collection of Meem Buildings. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. John Gaw Meem Drawings and Plans. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. Dept. of Facility Planning Records. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. John Gaw Meem Collection: Non-Job Specific Photos. Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries. University of New Mexico. Emory Stedman Photograph Album and Loose Material University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections

General

Contact Information

  1. University of New Mexico
  2. MSC05 3020, 1, University of New Mexico
  3. Center for Southwest Research
  4. Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  5. Phone: 505-277-0060
  6. Fax:
  7. Email: cswrref@unm.edu
  8. URL: http://elibrary.unm.edu/cswr

General

Title
Finding Aid of the John Gaw Meem Job Files, 1925-1960
Status
Approved
Author
Processed by Ellen Evans-Colburn
Date
©2005
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131
505-277-6451