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Van Dorn Hooker Papers

Identifier: UNMA-162

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The collection spans Mr. Hooker's career as University Architect, University of New Mexico, 1963-1987. It consists of materials related mostly to his professional societies and personal research. The collection contains materials relating to Hooker's work on the New Mexico State Capitol, and his publications, Only in New Mexico, Centuries of hands : an architectural history of St. Francis of Assisi Church and its missions, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico : and the historic American buildings surveys of St. Francis of Assisi Church and the Chapel of Our Lady of Talpa . The collection also includes numerous personal awards of Mr. Hooker's, as well as an oral history conducted with him.


  • 1947-2000

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Van Dorn Hooker, architect, was born in Carthage, Texas, in 1921. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force, 1943-1945, then returned to college. Receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas, Austin he practiced in Texas until relocating to New Mexico in 1951. He worked for various firms, including Meem, Zehner and Holien, until he and partner John McHugh formed their own practice in 1956.

Mr. Hooker was a key player in many of the defining moments of UNM architecture. He helped usher in a new phase of Spanish-Pueblo Style architecture, which began with the completion of the College of Education (1963). During his tenure, there were 75 major construction, addition and remodel projects on the campus. In addition, the University received more than 30 design awards for buildings and landscapes during his 24-year career. Following his retirement, Mr. Hooker worked on several major remodel and preservation projects including Ranchos de Taos and the State Capitol.


12 Cubic Feet (11 boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 slide cabinet)


The collection is arranged alphabetically and by date. It includes professional groups and boards that he was a member of, manuscripts of his books, Ranchos de Taos and Century of Hands.

Related Material

University of New Mexico Dept. of Facility Planning Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Oral History Interviews of the Architectural Heritage of New Mexico Oral History Project, Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico. Van Dorn and Marjorie Mead Hooker Architectural Drawings and Plans, Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Van Dorn Hooker Papers, 1947-2000
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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