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Hal Dean Job Files

Identifier: MSS-792-BC

Scope and Content

Contains general files and job files. The general files include correspondence,administrative materials, memos, promotional materials, project proposal and photographs. Significant projects represented in the Hal Dean Job Files include: The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Campus; University of New Mexico, Valencia Campus; University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque; Navajo Community College; Technical Vocational Institute, Albuquerque; New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Highland High School, Albuquerque; Juan Tabo Public Library, Albuquerque; Ganado School District, New Mexico; City/County Municipal Office Building, Albuquerque; Cibola General Hospital; and Chinle Elementary, Junior High and High Schools.

The Hal Dean Job Files include work created by Dean under the auspices of the firms Dean, Hunt, and Associates; and Dean, Kruger and Associates.


  • 1979-2004

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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

Hal Dean was born in Raton New Mexico in 1935. Dean attended schools in New Mexico and Texas until entering military service in the mid-50s. After a tour in the Marine Corps he attended the University of New Mexico on the G.I. Bill. Upon graduating with a B.A. in Architecture from UNM in 1964, Dean interned in Sydney, Perth Australia and in Albuquerque, New Mexico to fulfill the apprenticeship requirements of the architecture profession. After passing the exam for architectural certification, Dean was registered to practice in New Mexico in 1968 and opened his own firm in 1971. Dean remained active in the learning, practicing and teaching of architecture by maintaining an internship program within his practice as well as participating in the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture’s graduate review programs.

Always inclined toward art even in high school, Hal Dean studied architecture believing this profession would retain many of the same sensibilities and skills. As a student of the environment, he continually expanded his awareness of proper land use, natural light, and site orientation, while incorporating regional material, color, and texture. In a summary of the firm’s goals in 1983 Dean writes, "We intend to provide superior and resourceful architectural services which are creative and regional.


35 boxes (35 cu ft.)


The Hal Dean Job Files consist of client correspondence and job files, primarily for “public use" buildings including libraries, university and secondary schools, health care facilities, office buildings and community centers in addition to many commercial structures. Primarily included are projects relating to city, state and county public buildings; parks and recreational facilities; historical restorations; public housing projects; private residences; commercial and industrial projects; and religious and educational institutions throughout New Mexico.

Related Archival Materials

Hal Dean Drawings and Plans Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Hal Dean Job Files, 1979-2004
Edited Full Draft
Ramona Rand-Caplan
© 2008
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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