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Edmund Ladd Collection of Zuni Pueblo and Acoma Pueblo Recordings

Identifier: MSS-1055-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of material originally recorded on four reel-to-reel tapes by Edmund Ladd in 1953-1956. The recordings have been reformatted to four CDs for researcher use. The collection also includes notes related to the recorded stories and language instruction, a biographical sketch of Edmund Ladd's life and photocopies of typewritten descriptions originally included with the reel-to-reel master tapes. Most of the recordings are in Shiwiʼma, the Zuni language. There are some materials in Aak’ume (Acoma Keres) and English. A number of the Shiwi'ma recordings are of an individual identified as “Old Man Edaakie”, who was the father of Edmund Ladd’s stepfather.


  • 1953-1956

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.

Biographical Information

Archaeologist, ethnologist and author Edmund James Ladd was born January 4, 1926, at Fort Yuma, California, to parents Emmet Ladd (Jicarilla Apache) and Margaret Lewis Ladd (Zuni and Cherokee). Raised at Zuni Pueblo, he attended the mission school. During World War II, Edmund Ladd enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Pacific and in Italy. After the war, Ladd studied anthropology and archaeology at the University of New Mexico, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1955 and a Master of Science degree in 1963. Following graduation, Ladd worked as an archaeologist for the National Park Service, including more than twenty-five years of fieldwork in Hawaii to evaluate the impact of statehood on Hawaiian culture. Ladd was the author of numerous articles, books, technical reports and studies on Zuni Pueblo and Hawaii, and he served as a contributor to the Smithsonian Institution's Handbook of North American Indians. Ladd also served as Curator of Ethnology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1984 until his retirement. Edmund Ladd retired to California, where he died November 15, 1999 in Santa Barbara.


1 box (.5 cu. ft.)

Language of Materials




The collection consists primarily of Zuni Pueblo cultural materials (with some Acoma Pueblo language materials) originally recorded on four reel-to-reel tapes by Edmund Ladd in 1953-1956.

Processing Information

The original 1/4-inch reel-to-reel tapes are housed on B3.
Finding Aid of the Edmund Ladd Collection of Zuni and Acoma Recordings, 1953-1956
C. Geherin
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Revision Statements

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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