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Harry Kinney Papers

Identifier: MSS-746-BC

Scope and Content

The Personal and Family Papers (1905-2006) contain information, photographs and an oral interview about Harry Kinney and his family, including his parents, Earl Oliver and Opal Kinney, In the oral interview Harry Kinney discusses the Kinney family history and Albuquerque political history. Earl Oliver and Harry both worked for the railroad and this series includes their material on railroads in northern New Mexico. This series also contains certificates, plaques, correspondence and documents showing Harry Kinney's involvement with community organizations such as the National Atomic Museum Foundation.

The series Political and Public Life (1929-1990) covers Harry Kinney's terms as Bernalillo County Councilman and Mayor of Albuquerque. Documented are Albuquerque issues including roadways, water resources, recreational facilities, the Convention Center and solid waste. A small scrapbook covers his first term as mayor, 1974-1976. There is also material on the Conference of Mayors (1982) and the launch of the SSN Albuquerque in 1983.

The Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives (AREA) Records contain bylaws, articles of incorporation, board of director agendas, minutes, correspondence, reports and budgets for 1977-1992. The Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives Newsletter is also included as well as a DVD copy of the 1980 TV show on uranium mining in New Mexico, "Uranium: Fact or Fiction." This series also includes information on the disposal of nuclear waste and the Waste Isolation Power Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico.

The Memorabilia series contains material from 1942-1984 including a cap honoring the launch of the SSN Albuquerque, political pins, photograph album and a scrapbook containing photographs, brochures, clippings, postcards, correspondence, bumper stickers, etc. covering Harry Kinney's political and personal life from 1942-1974.


  • 1905-2006


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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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

Harry Kinney, Albuquerque mayor, business owner, engineer, general contractor, substitute teacher and cabbie was born in Trinidad, Colorado June 7, 1924. He later moved to Raton, New Mexico where he graduated from High School. During his senior year he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. He continued his education at the University of New Mexico acquiring a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1945. After serving on active duty in the U. S. Navy he was a staff engineer for Sandia National Laboratories from 1956-1973.

Kinney began his political career by serving three terms as a Bernalillo County Commissioner from 1956-1958 and 1960-1964. Later he served as a commissioner for the City of Albuquerque from 1966-1973. Harry Kinney worked as Special Assistant to Senator Pete Domenici 1973-74 and 1981-1985. He also served as the Mayor of Albuquerque from 1974-1977 and again from 1981-1985. Under his tenure as mayor the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta was created, land for the Rio Grande Nature Center was purchased and the city's first bike trail and senior citizens center were built.

He was active in various community organizations including the Rotary Club of Albuquerque, Albuquerque-Bernalillo Economic Opportunity Board, City-County Joint Alcoholism Board and the Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives (AREA). AREA researched and publicized sources of energy not tied to gas or oil. For the most part, the group was interested in nuclear power. Beginning in 1977 Kinney was a member of the Board of AREA for nine years and President for five years.

Harry Kinney died May 9, 2006 and is buried in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sources: Albuquerque Journal, May 11, 2006, A12 "Kinney Was Big Part of City Streets, History" B'nai B'rith Great American Traditions Award in Tribute to Mayor Harry E. Kinney of Albuquerque program, June 27, 1982


6 boxes (5.5 cu. ft.) + 1 oversize folder


This collection contains former Albuquerque mayor Harry Kinney's personal, family and political papers as well as some of his memorabilia. It also includes records for the organization Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives.


Divided into four series:
  1. Personal and Family Papers which is divided into two subseries: Harry Kinney Papers and Kinney Family Papers
  2. Political and Public Life
  3. Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives (AREA) Records
  4. Memorabilia

Related Archival Material

K. (Katherine) Wood Photograph Collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Paul Graham McHenry Papers, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Nat Kaplan Job Files Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Nat P. Kaplan Architectural Drawings Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Americans for Rational Energy Alternatives Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Don Johnstone papers pertaining to the Albuquerque Citizens Committee Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Publications have been transferred to the University Libraries book collections. Master CDs and DVDs stored in B3.

Processing Information

VHS videos were reformatted to DVD and original oral history audiocassettes were reformatted to CD in October 2009. A small scrapbook has been deconstructed and placed in folders.
Finding Aid of the Harry Kinney Papers, 1905-2006
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T. S. Reinig
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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