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Channell Graham Job Files

Identifier: MSS-798-BC

Scope and Content

The Channell Graham Job Files pertain primarily to architectural projects in New Mexico. The majority of the projects are 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. Graham is well known for his historic restorations at Taos, Nambé, Picuris, Laguna, Tesuque and San Ildefonso Pueblos; and the San Miguel Mission, Socorro, which is considered one of his most significant restorations, with twin towers and triple crosses over the entrance. Graham’s most notable projects included in this collection are the Paolo Soleri American Indian Theatre (Santa Fe, NM), Acoma Sky City Master Plan (Acoma, NM), and the Sioux Indian Cultural Center (Rapid City, SD). Notable Albuquerque projects include the Rio Grande Zoo Master Plan (the Feline Exhibit with cottonwoods and waterfalls was awarded the 1968 American Institute of Architects award of merit); and the Indian Assembly of God Church.


  • 1920-1983

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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

Channell Graham was a principal in the firm of Pacheco and Graham, Albuquerque. For twenty-four years Graham designed or renovated architectural projects in New Mexico. Graham was one of the founders of the Albuquerque Conservation Association (TACA), which was formed to preserve Albuquerque’s historic buildings, natural resources and neighborhoods. In 1983 Graham left Albuquerque to teach architecture at Washington State University. Graham is a past president (1994-2003) of the Preservation League of New York State, a past president of the Preservation League of Staten Island (NY), and a board member of the National Lighthouse Museum.


13 Boxes (13 cu. ft.)


The Channell Graham Job Files contains thirteen boxes of client correspondence and job files for projects including commercial, private, and public institutions; state parks; churches; and historical restoration of pueblos and missions. Most projects in this collection are located in New Mexico.

Related Archival Material

Channell Graham Drawings Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Channell Graham Job Files, 1920-1983
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Ramona Rand-Caplan
© 2008
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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