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James Hulsman Albuquerque High School Sports History Collection

Identifier: MSS-778-BC

Scope and Content

This collection documents the history of athletics and individual athletes, predominantly from Albuquerque High School, but by association, reaching across the State of New Mexico, 1892-2011. The Albuquerque High School and University of New Mexico athletics programs had close ties to each, particularly in the early days. The two teams often played against each other, and many of AHS' athletes went on to become UNM athletes.

Biographical scrapbooks contain collated information about noteworthy athletes who played sports at Albuquerque High School. Included are biographical sketches, written by Coach Hulsman, Dr. Eldred Harrington, and others, as well as pertinent news clippings and photographs. The biographical information follows the lives of these particular athletes beyond their tenure at AHS.

Added to the collection are scrapbook histories of Albuquerque sports related organizations and institutions.

The attached index lists the most prominent athletes and in which scrapbook related biographical materials will be found.

Sports scrapbooks document the history of particular sports played at Albuquerque High School. Basketball and football dominate the series, but there also are scrapbooks covering baseball, boxing, cross country, girls' athletics, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, pentathlon, skiing, soccer, tennis, track, and wrestling. These scrapbooks contain statistical compilations, programs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and other ephemera. Two scrapbooks were added to this series in January 2013: History of Albuqeurque Sports Hall of Fame (1973-2011) and New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor (1988-2011).

The attached index highlights major sports events.

Newspaper account scrapbooks primarily relate to basketball. These scrapbooks, though un-indexed, present a chronological history of AHS sports as chronicled primarily by the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Tribune.

Scrapbooks given to Hulsman by others include 2 scrapbooks devoted to Coach Mickey Miller, one given to him by Coach F. M. Wilson, and another devoted to the career of Thomas Hogan.

Loose materials include clippings, articles, photos, materials pertaining to tournaments and championships, Highland High School, Dawson High School, Capitan High School basketball, and New Mexico high school football, and UNM's Johnson Center.

Videos document Albuquerque High School basketball highlights and other related events


  • 1892-2011

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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

James R. Hulsman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 23, 1930. He came to New Mexico in 1940 and attended Albuquerque Public Schools. He lettered in football and graduated from Albuquerque High in 1949. Hulsman attended the College of St. Joseph, where he played one year of basketball after returning from military duty. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of New Mexico in 1959.

Hulsman then began coaching baseball, basketball, and football at Highland High School (1957/58 and 1958/59). He coached at Washington Jr. High in 1959, then at Harrison Jr. High in 1960. Starting in 1961, Hulsman coached cross country, football, basketball, and track at Albuquerque High School. He coached at Albuquerque High School for forty one years, the longest tenure of any coach in Albuquerque. Hulsman holds the record for the most wins in Albuquerque after thirty-four seasons as head coach. He took his team to twenty-four New Mexico State tournaments and won seven State titles. He served as Director of Athletics for twenty- two years and was on the basketball staff for seven years as an assistant before becoming head coach for thirty four years. Additionally, Hulsman was head coach for track for eight years and assistant coach in football for ten years. On October 8, 2003, Hulsman retired with a 660-223 record at Albuquerque High School.

Hulsman has received numerous awards at the state and national level. In 2002 he was named National Coach of the Year by both the National Federation Coaches Association and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association. He was inducted into the National Hall of Fame by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 1999 and in 2003, he was inducted in the National Federation Hall of Fame. He was also the Head Coach of the West Team in the annual McDonald’s All American East-West All Star game in 1988. Hulsman is the 2003 recipient of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association's Rodey Award, which is given to someone who has devoted an unusual amount of time in a leadership capacity and has contributed significantly to the field of education.


27 boxes (16 cubic feet)


This collection documents the history of athletics and individual athletes, predominantly from Albuquerque High School, but by association, reaching across the State of New Mexico, 1892-2011. The collection consists of scrapbooks of biographical data, individual sports statistics and documentation, news clippings, photographs, correspondence, ephemera, etc.

Arrangement of Collection

The collection is arranged into 6 series:

Biographical Scrapbooks

Sports Scrapbooks

Newspaper Account Scrapbooks

Scrapbooks given to Hulsman

Loose Materials


Related Archival Collections

UNM Athletics Department Records. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico Libraries. James R. Toulouse and Charlotte J. Toulouse Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

The following have been catalogued into CSWR General Collection: La Reata (Albuquerque High School Yearbook) Yucca (Albuquerque High School Literary Magazine)

Original VHS tapes stored in B3. Master video files are stored on hard drive.
Finding Aid of the James Hulsman Albuquerque High School Sports History Collection, 1892-2011
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N. Sedore-Pena
© 2007
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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