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Robert R. White Papers

Identifier: MSS-813-BC

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into four series consisting of White's personal and academic writings, research materials, and biographical information.

Biographical Information (1962-2002) consists of thirty-four personal journals which detail White's daily routines and special outings, as well as published biographal information, military records, and White's M.A. thesis "Water Table Response to Barometric Pressure Changes" (1971).

"Artists of Territorial New Mexico, 1846-1912" (1856 -2006) contains White's research for his dissertation, including artist files, chapter topics, and information on Dr. Thomas "Doc" Martin, a Taos entrepreneur. Artists include: Gerald Cassidy, Josefina Otero, Peter Moran, and Frederic Remington, among others.

"Taos Society of Artists" (1847-2005), the title of his 1983 book, includes advertisements and research files pertaining to this book as well as a small section on the artist Gene Kloss, a Taos etcher/print-maker. Artists of the Taos School of Art include E.L. Blumenschein and Regina Cooke.

Academic Interests and Scholarly Writings (1891-2007) documents White’s literary and academic record. Writings, lectures, research files, and audio interviews with E.A. Hernández, M.P. Hernández and Felix Martinez are included, as is information on E. Martin Hennings and Marc Simmons

Addition Collection: processed in 2017 basically parallels the original accession. Series include: Biographical; Artists - Research and Writing; Taos Art Colony and Taos Society of Artists (TSA); Robert White (RW) Writings and Research; Other Resources. Material of particular significance in this series relates to Ernest Blumenschein, E. Martin Hennings, and Bert Geer Phillips.


  • 1842-2010


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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Audio cassettes in 2017 addition need to be reformatted prior to research use.

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.

Biography / History

A native Texan, Robert R. White received his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 1993. His dissertation, "Artists of Territorial New Mexico, 1846-1912," documents territorial New Mexico-based artists and their contributions to the national arts community. An accomplished scholar, White published in many journals and magazines as well as having written several books on artists of New Mexico.

Robert White was afflicted with severe and prolonged tinnitus beginning in November 2000, and some years later, he developed Parkinson’s disease. Along with dementia, the disease’s symptoms effectively ended his ability to research and write. Complications from Parkinson’s eventually took White’s life. He passed away in 2014.


11 boxes (10.38 cu. ft.)


The collection contains journals, articles and research files of author and scholar Robert Rankin White. The bulk of the collection consists of White's personal journals and materials pertaining to New Mexico artists.


Original Accession: Biographical Information; Artists of Territorial New Mexico; Taos Society of Artists; Academic Interests and Scholarly Writings (subseries: Writings by White, Lectures by White; Research Files; E.A. and M.P. Hernández, Felix Martinez)

2017 Addition: Robert White (RW) Biographical; Artists - Research and Writing; Taos Art Colony and Taos Society of Artists (TSA); Robert White (RW) Writings and Research; Other Resources

Related Archival Material

Robert R. White Pictorial Collection Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Archival CDs of interviews are stored in B3. Print publications have been transferred to the University Libraries

Photographic material has been transferred to Robert White Pictorial Collection.

Processing Information

Audio cassettes from original accession were reformatted to CD. Audio cassettes from addition have not yet been reformatted
Finding Aid of the Robert R. White Papers, 1842-2010
Edited Full Draft
Eric Castillo
© 2008, © 2017
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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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