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Bainbridge Bunting Collection of Measured Drawings

Identifier: SWA-Bunting-Drawings

Scope and Content

The collection consists of architectural plans for over 200 historic buildings located in New Mexico. The buildings were researched, measured, and the plans drawn by Bunting's students at the University of New Mexico Department of Architecture, 1965-1979. Drawings include floor plans, elevations, site plans and details of structures such as churches, chapels, moradas, houses, schools, stores, hotels, and railroad buildings. Included are examples of architecture from the Spanish colonial, territorial, and early statehood eras. Buildings that can be dated range from 1606-1932. A few of the drawings in the collection are copies of plans from the Historic American Buildings Survey, 1934-1940. These include buildings from Arizona, Louisiana, and other states as well as New Mexico.

The Bunting collection can be seen in three possible formats: 1. 8-1/2 x 11" paper reproductions in bound form, compiled by Bunting 2. Measured drawing format (mostly 18x24") or 3. 4 x 5" negative format. In certain cases, only one format may exist.

The bound volumes (I - XXI) (CSWR NA730 N6 B8 guide) were made from 4 x 5" negatives from the actual drawings. In some cases, there only exists a negative of the buildings or only a drawing. Upon further investigation, it was also found some of the drawings are not included, whereupon neither a negative nor a drawing exists. The 8-1/2" x 11 reproductions in the volumes possibly remain the only visual source for these drawings.

The addendum volumes (A - C) were created because these drawings were not originally cataloged in the Bunting volumes. No negatives exist for these drawings.


  • 1934-1979

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Access Restrictions

Researchers are required to use the volumes of reproductions when available. See: Historic New Mexican Buildings: a Collection of Measured Drawings (ZIM CSWR NA 730 N6 B8).

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.

Copyright to materials created by Bainbridge Bunting has been transferred to UNM.

Biographical Information

Bainbridge Bunting was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 23, 1913. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. In 1948, he joined the faculty at the University of New Mexico Art Department, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. Bunting immersed himself in the local culture, and began an important study of adobe architecture. He authored numerous articles and three books on the architecture of New Mexico. Among many other projects, Bunting conducted studies on Zuni Pueblo and on the architecture of John Gaw Meem. He died on February 13, 1981.


15 drawers (3.75 lin. ft.)

Related Archival Material

Historic American Building Survey Drawings Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Bainbridge Bunting Papers Center for Southwest Research, General Library, University of New Mexico. John Gaw Meem Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Research materials and articles by Bunting and his students have been separated to Bainbridge Bunting Papers.

Photographs separated to Bainbridge Bunting Photograph Collection.


Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
  7. Email:
  8. URL:
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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