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Peter Nabokov Papers

Identifier: MSS-93-BC

Scope and Content

The papers of Peter Nabokov, writer and newspaperman, contain manuscripts, notes, recorded interviews and newspaper articles. The bulk of the collection relates to research and writings about Reies Lopez Tijerina and the Tierra Amarilla land grant. The collection contains articles from the Santa Fe New Mexican, The Albuquerque Journal, The Albuquerque Tribune, and various other newspapers and magazines published during the 1960's and 1970's. The notes Nabokov made for his articles, as well as transcripts of some tapes, and extensive notes for the trial of Reies Lopez Tijerina are included.

Drafts of the manuscripts of three books by Nabokov are included. One book, Tijerina And The Courthouse Raid, is based on notes, interviews, and clippings found in boxes 1-3. Two Leggings, is based on the field notes of William Wildschut, who interviewed Two Leggings, a Crow warrior, in the 1920's. Materials relating to this book are in box 4. Book reviews of the two books are in the collection, as well as the correspondence of Mr. Nabokov with his publishers.

Box 5 of the collection contains audio recordings of interviews with Reies Tijerina and others involved with Alianza Federal de las Mercedes (La Alianza). Also included is an audio "tour" of a community health clinic, La Cooperativa y La Clinica del Pueblo, in Rio Arriba County, and a recording of a meeting held during a Santa Fe newspaper strike, 1968.

Box 6 has various newspapers from the 1960's dealing with Hispanic, or Spanish-American issues, plus a special section of the Sunday Santa Fe New Mexican, edited by Nabokov.

A 2018 addition to the collection contains research materials relating to Nabokov's publications, Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo and How the world moves: the odyssey of an American Indian family (2015). The majority of these materials focus on the Hunt family: Edward P. (Chief Day Break) Hunt, Clyde (Chief Sunny Skies) Hunt, Henry Wayne (Wolf Robe) Hunt, and Wilbert (Blue Sky Eagle) Hunt, and Acoma Pueblo. There are also several folders relating to Nabokov's earlier publication, Indian running (1981).


  • 1939-2018


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy and libel laws. Duplication of recordings permitted only with written permission from artist, performer, interviewer and interviewee, tribal authority, or current holder of intellectual property rights. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


Peter Francis Nabokov was born on October 11, 1940, in Auburn, N.Y. He received his B.S. from Columbia University in 1965, his M.S. from Goddard College in 1973, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nabokov is professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. He has worked on the Navajo, Sioux, and Crow reservations in 1962. He was a reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican from 1967-1968. Nabokov has held many teaching positions, including instructor in American Indian Studies at Peninsula College, Monterey, Ca. in the 1970s, instructor at University of California, Berkeley from 1979-1982 and 1984-1985, co-instructor at the Native American Educational Services College, Chicago in 1987, lecturer at University of California, Santa Cruz, 1987-88. Other lecturer positions include the Center for the Study of Indian History, Haskell Indian Junior College, University of California, Santa Barbara, College of the Virgin Islands, Colorado College, University of North Dakota, University of Montana, and University of Colorado. Nabokov has received numerous awards and honors, as well as research fellowships. Publications include A Forest of Time, Native American Testimony, Native American Architecture (with Robert Easton), Indian Running, Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior, Architecture of Acoma Pueblo, Tijerina and the Courthouse Raid, Native American Architecture, How the world moves: the odyssey of an American Indian family, (2015) and Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo/ Edward Proctor Hunt ; translated by Henry Wayne Wolf Robe Hunt and Wilbert Blue Sky Eagle Hunt ; edited by Matthew W. Stirling, Elsie Clews Parsons, Leslie A. White, and Peter Nabokov (2015).


11 boxes (8.83 cu. ft.)

Related Material

Peter Nabokov Photograph Collection. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries. Alianza Federal de Pueblos Libres Collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Reies Tijerina Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Cooperacion del Pueblo de Tierra Amarilla collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Alfonso Sanchez Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Noe Tijerina Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Original reel to reel tapes and archival CDs from original collection are housed in B3.

Photographic material has been transferred to the Peter Nabokov Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

Audio from original collection reformatted to CD and summaries added 10/2011.

Issues of El Papel were removed from collection for cataloguing into CSWR general collection, April 2013.

Inquire with reference staff for access to unprocessed addition, 1 box, B3-7A (added Feb. 2021). Includes correspondence and misc. Pueblo Indian rights research.
Finding Aid of the Peter Nabokov Papers, 1939-2018
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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