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Dennis Dutton Letters and Correspondence

Identifier: MSS-1022-BC

Scope and Content

Contains letters and documents pertaining to Dutton's career as an editor, publisher, and student of shamanism.


  • 1978-1994
  • Majority of material found within 1981-1993


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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.

Biographical Information

Dennis Dutton lived in San Diego and was editor of the journal Shaman's Drum between about 1986 and 1988. He then moved to El Rito, New Mexico and worked with Clear Light Publishing in Santa Fe. Dutton founded and headed up the New Mexico Chapter of PEN, an organization protecting free expression among writers. He resigned from PEN over a freedom of expression controversy concerning Judith Fein's book, Indian Time. Dutton was a vocal opponent of development at the Kumeyaay (Kamia Indians) sacred mountain Cuchama (known as Tecate Peak) on the California/Mexico border. He maintained an active correspondence with several local and national literary and anthropological writers, notably Frank Waters and Vine Deloria.


1 box (2.5")

Related Archival Material

Frank Waters Papers, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the Dennis Dutton Letters and Correspondence, 1978-1994
Wendy Pedersen
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  • 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