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Enrique Lamadrid Collection of Folk Songs, Oral Histories and Photographic Projects

Identifier: MSS-840-BC

Scope and Content

The collection, formerly titled, “Enrique Lamadrid collection on Juan B. Rael" was expanded in March 2013. The Juan B. Rael materials are now the first of three series in the Enrique Lamadrid Collection of Folk Songs, Oral Histories and Photographic Projects. The two other series are Farmers’ Market Project and New Mexico and Southwest Projects.

Juan B. Rael Project, 1998: As a student, Lamadrid attended Professor Rael’s folk music class in California. In 1998, the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress invited Enrique Lamadrid to reformat and re-engineer the original Juan B. Rael recordings in their holdings, prepare transcriptions and English translations of the songs, analyze them and write essays on the culture and folk music of New Mexico to accompany the collection. Lamadrid assembled materials related to this project for the Center for Southwest Research, including 36 recordings (6 CDs totaling approximately 8 hours) of Hispanic religious and secular songs by Juan B. Rael, dating from 1930-1940. The collection contains hymns, shepherd’s pastores plays, entriega wedding songs and dance tunes recorded at Cerro and Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, and at Alamosa, Manassa, and Antonito, Colorado. Copies of articles written by Rael, and materials created by Lamadrid are also included, as are Lamadrid’s recording log, chronology and history of Hispanic music in New Mexico (1940-1997), Spanish transcriptions and English translations of Rael’s songs and analysis of the genre, performers and terminology in the collection. Articles and documents about Rael, New Mexico folk music, society, traditions, the Hermanos Penitentes and alabados are contained in the collection. A recorded interview with Rael’s niece, Glorianna Dominguez Atencio is also included.

Farmers’ Market Project, July 1995: These materials result from another project of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, conducted by Enrique Lamadrid. The original project, “Documenting Traditional Culture" and was conducted in Pueblo, Rye, Platteville and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The portion of the project given to CSWR is called “Indigenous Foods and Ethnic Boundaries in the Farmers’ Markets of Colorado Springs, July 10-29, 1995." It contains the work of the “calabacita" team: Lamadrid, Rudy Guglielmo, Tomas Peña and Xochitl Shuru who studied the markets with particular interest in strategies of vendors and buyers and recipes to promote their products. The team analyzed gender roles, use of Spanish and English, the farms, agricultural methods, irrigation, seed selection, farm families, immigrant Mexican workers and their living conditions. The collection contains notes from the interviews. There are recordings for 10 of the project interviews. Also included are 40 selected color slides with notes, documentation of the project goals, and food folklore. Complete project documentation may be found at Colorado College and the American Folklife Center.

New Mexico and Southwest Projects, 1991-2011: The third series contains a variety of projects documenting the music, traditions, and lives of Native Americans and Hispanics living in the northern Rio Grande area of New Mexico and along the Rio Grande as it flows south through Texas and Mexico. Types of materials include musical recordings, interviews, photographs and background research prepared by Lamadrid and other associated contributors. Topics such as Matachine dances, songs and prayers of the Hermanos Penitentes, corridos and inditas are covered. Recordings of the fiesta and blessing of the San Antonio acequia and new mayordomo, a virtual lesson about Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, a tribute to the veterans of Sandoval County, the story of George Silva of Bernalillo, and a UNM symposium with author Rolando Hinojosa are also found in the collection.

Forms part of the John Donald Robb Archive of Southwestern Music.


  • 1930-2011

Language of Materials

English Spanish

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.

Biography / History

Enrique R. Lamadrid is a literary folklorist, cultural historian, professor and author. He is the retired Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and former director of the Hispano, Mexican and Chicano Studies Program, both at the University of New Mexico. A native New Mexican, Lamadrid received his B.A. from UNM. He took several majors including English, Spanish, Music and Anthropology. His Masters and Ph.D. are from the University of Southern California. Lamadrid followed in the footsteps of his father, who was also a Spanish linguist and professor at UNM. Lamadrid taught the Spanish language, Spanish literature, culture and folk music. He has taken classes on field trips in New Mexico, Mexico, Spain and Nicaragua to immerse them in the Spanish language and for them to experience the cultural interconnectedness. Lamadrid and Michael Thomas, of the University College Honors Department co-founded the Conexiones Program, a joint Honors and Spanish Department program to integrate the study of the Spanish language and Mexican culture.

Lamadrid has received countless awards. In 2005 he was awarded the Americo Paredes Prize by the American Folklore Society in recognition of his work as a cultural activist. UNM promoted him to the rank of Distinguished Professor in 2011. Conexiones received the International Excellence Special Program Award in 2012. In 2019 he recieved the prestigious Premio Nacional de la Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE or North American Academy of the Spanish Language) winning the "Enrique Anderson Imbert" national prize for his work in Nuevo México, Chicana/o, Latinx, Mestizaje/Indo-Hispano and Southwest Hispanic Studies.

His pioneering teaching style, research projects, books, videos and exhibits have raised the appreciation and understanding of Hispanic language, folklore, literature and music around the world. He has been instrumental in helping the Center for Southwest Research acquire several other folklore and music related collections. This collection contains just a few selections of the many cultural activities conducted by Lamadrid over the decades.


2 boxes (1.2 cu. ft.)


The collection features sound recordings and background information on Juan B. Rael, interviews and photos from the 1995 Farmers’ Markets Project in Colorado Springs, and folk music recordings (corridos, inditas, alabados and other traditional songs) and photographs with Native Americans and Hispanics of New Mexico, Cajuns in Texas, and Mexicans on the U.S. Mexican border. Topics covered range from life along the Rio Grande, the Penitentes, Matachines, the blessing of the acequias, tributes to New Mexico veterans, discussions of Bless Me Ultima and an interview with author, Rolando Hinojosa. Also included is the cuaderno list of New Mexico songs by Inocencio Martinez.

Collection Available Online

Part of the Juan B. Rael materials, including essays in English and in Spanish, a bibliography and glossary, titled "Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection" are available online via the Library of Congress American Memory Project

The text of the 2004 booklet, “Nuevo Mexico Hasta Cuando?: An Anthology of New Mexico Ballads" is available online.

The audio recordings from "Corridos Sin Fronteras: A New World Ballad Tradition" are available online.

A 1994 study of "La Indita de San Luis Gonzaga" is available online

Related Material

Frank McCulloch Collection of Spanish New Mexican, Mexican and American Music. Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Juan B. Rael Collection American Folklife Center. Library of Congress. Collection of Hispanic, Isleta and Laguna Songs Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Consuelo Luz Entriega Recording Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Edwin Berry Oral History Interviews and Songs Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Hermandad de Nuestro Padre de Jesus Semana Santa Songbooks Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Jenny Wells Vincent Recordings Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Juan S. Lucero and Lora L. Chavez Collection of New Mexico Hispanic Religious and Traditional Songs, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico New Mexican and Mexican Music from the Collection of Roberto Martinez, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico John Donald Robb Field Recordings Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Richard B. Stark Collection of New Mexico Religions Songs Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Ned Sublette Collection of New Mexico Country Western and Hispanic Folk Music Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico James B. Wright Collection of Southwestern Native American and Hispanic Music, Interviews and Literary Programs Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Thomas J. Steele alabado collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie Collection of Northern New Mexico Hispanic Music, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Ruben Cobos Collection of Southwestern Folklore and Folk Music Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico

Processing Information

The collection was formerly called “Enrique Lamadrid collection on Juan B. Rael." In 2013, the collection was expanded to include other materials from Dr. Lamadrid and the title was changed to reflect the new content.
Finding Aid of the Enrique Lamadrid Collection of Folk Songs, Oral Histories and Photographic Projects, 1930-2011
Nancy Brown-Martinez
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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