George Pearl Papers
Scope and Content
Some significant projects represented in the collection include: Albuquerque Public Library, Albuquerque, New Mexico (circa 1975), Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico Campus, Albuquerque, New Mexico (circa 1969), Ortega Hall, University of New Mexico Campus, Albuquerque, New Mexico, College of Business, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico (circa 1977), and the renovation of the old Montezuma Hotel in Las Vegas, New Mexico to create the United World College (circa 1980).
Series I: Personal Files: These files contain personal writings, drawings, correspondence, degrees and honors along with university coursework, volunteer work projects and newspaper clippings, personal belonging and audio interviews of George Pearl.
Series II: Professional Files: These files contain presentations, classes taught, professional organization papers, professional honor and awards, miscellaneous business correspondence and clippings relating to Pearl’s professional projects.
Series III: Projects and Job Files: These tiles contain alphabetically arranged projects files relating to SMPC and to personal projects that Pearl worked on throughout his career.
Series IV: Sketchbooks and Drawings: These files contain various sketchbooks with drawings and notes along with loose drawings Pearl made throughout his life.
Series V: Photos and Slides: These files contain personal and family photos, project related photos and slides along with artistic photos taken by Pearl. Included are photographs of photographer, Lee Marmon.
Series VI: Addition 2019. Contains several notebooks of George Pearl from his UNM courses in Anthropology and Philosophy in the 1950s. His copy of a 1970 booklet from a meeting about improving health services and job training in Albuquerque, co sposored by the UNM Department of Architecture. These items were found among Pearl's books that were placed in the George Pearl Reading Room (group study room) in FADL. They were transferred to the CSWR in 2010.
Addition to Collection, 2023: Primarily contains correspondence and photographs focusing on the years of Pearl's military service, 1943-1946.
- Majority of material found within , 1950-2003
- Pearl, George (Person)
Language of Materials
George Clayton Pearl was one of Albuquerque’s most prolific architects. Pearl was responsible for new building design in New Mexico and beyond, pulling from regional influences and motifs throughout his career. While working for SMPC Architects, Pearl became the chief designer, known for his artistic skill. During this time, Pearl worked on several major projects in Albuquerque, including the Public Library, Presbyterian Hospital and multiple buildings on the University of New Mexico campus, including the renovation of John Gaw Meem’s Zimmerman Library. George Pearl was also a proponent of preservation and revitalization, working tirelessly to place historic buildings on the National and New Mexico State registers
George Pearl’s career as an architect spanned more than 50 years. During his career and after, he received countless honors and awards. He also worked closely with the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico, giving his guidance and knowledge to the staff and students. In honor of Pearl and the many gifts he left the state of New Mexico, the School of Architecture and Planning named the new architecture building after him. George Pearl Hall, designed by Antoine Predock, will be completed in 2007. George Pearl died in Albuquerque in August of 2003.
16 Boxes (16 cu. ft.)
Projects and Job Files
Sketchbooks and Drawings
Photos and Slides
- Albuquerque Public Library (N.M.)
- Architectural drawings
- Architecture -- New Mexico
- Architecture--Designs and plans
- Church buildings -- New Mexico
- Eastern New Mexico University (Portales, N.M.)
- Historic preservation -- New Mexico
- Hospital Buildings - New Mexico
- Pearl, George
- Public buildings -- New Mexico
- Record-keeping works
- University of New Mexico
- Finding Aid of the George Pearl Papers, 1890-2003
- Edited Full Draft
- Julie McGilvray
- © 2007
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid is in English
- Funding for processing provided by Center for Regional Studies, University of New Mexico, Dr. Tobiáas Durán, Director
- Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.
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