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University of New Mexico Celebrations

Identifier: UNMA-014

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains two series, Inaugurations and Anniversaries. Inaugurations contains material on the inauguration of various University of New Mexico presidents including James Zimmerman, John Wernette, Thomas Popejoy, Ferrel Heady, Gerald May, Richard Peck, William Gordon, David Schmidly, and Robert Frank. It includes certificates of congratulations, programs, delegate acceptance letters, invitation, speeches, news articles, photographs, videos, etc. The Anniversaries series has correspondence, agendas, minutes, news clippings and photographs for the semi-centennial (1939) and 75th anniversary of the University.

Photographs and videos of some of the events are also stored within the collection.


  • 1928-2012

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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.

Historical Note

In 1912, David Ross Boyd, the University of New Mexico's fifth president's investiture ceremony was held in the old Albuquerque Opera House. The next inaugural ceremony was in 1928 for President James F. Zimmerman and was combined with that year's commencement exercises. The 1946 inauguration of President J.P. Wernette was recorded on 12 inch phonograph disks. Other University Presidents were inaugurated in 1949 (Popejoy), 1968 (Heady), 1986 (May), 1990 (Peck), 1999 (Gordon), 2007 (Schmidly), and 2012 (Frank).


5 Cubic Feet (5 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Finding Aid of the University of New Mexico Celebrations, 1928-[ongoing]
Processed by CSWR staff
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Finding aid is in English

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