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Carmela Bernadette Chávez Papers

Identifier: 2016-08-03

Scope and Content

Contains personal papers; correspondence; family photographs, films and documents; books and manuscripts related to Carmela Chávez’s education, student activism, personal and professional writing and legal career. (Note: Twenty-nine 8mm reels of home movies were transferred to DVD in November 2017. Reel 30 remains undeveloped and was not digitized. Reel 31 was not digitized. The original reels and DVDs are in unprocessed Box 6; archival files are housed on the internal hard drive.)

The collection is currently unprocessed; please consult with CSWR reference staff with any questions and for access.


  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 2022

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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

Biography / History

Carmela Bernadette Chávez was born in 1950 in Estancia, New Mexico, and was raised in Albuquerque and at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (where her father was head of the County Welfare Office). During her undergraduate career at the University of New Mexico, Carmela Chavez served as a student senator and activist, fighting for a number of liberal causes. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she practiced law for fifteen years in New Mexico, where she owned a law office, accepting cases as public defender, a social security disability representative and a children's advocate. She is also a writer and author.


14 boxes.

Physical Location

Inventory of the Carmela Bernadette Chávez Papers, ca. 1950-2016
© 2016
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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

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131