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Lois Rudnick Papers

Identifier: MSS-1088-BC

Scope and Content

The collection is divided into 2 overlapping series.

Teaching and Academics documents Rudnick’s accomplishments as an American Studies scholar and her work as a teacher. Lectures, syllabi, curriculum, and readings for classes she taught are sampled in this series. Mabel Dodge Luhan, Sandra Cisneros, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cady Wells, Leslie Marmon Silko, N. Scott Momaday were among the subjects of classes she taught outside the academy.

The Research, Notes, Projects series comprises the bulk of the collection. It includes research notes, papers, proposals, presentations, and exhibitions on a variety of subjects, including Mabel Dodge Luhan and the Mabel Dodge Luhan house; Alice Corbin Henderson; Cady Wells; Eva Mirabel and other New Mexico artists and writers, as well as atomic issues; immigration; sexuality; syphilis; and Mark Twain.

The collection includes audio and transcripts of interviews conducted by Rudnick, relating to Mabel Dodge Luhan, Taos (NM), and "Utopian Vistas." Interviews with individuals including Joseph Foster, Lisa Law, Jack Loeffler, John Nichols, and others discuss the Taos intellectual and hippie scene including Anglo expatriates, Dennis Hopper, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, communes, and related topics. Many of the oral histories in this collection were used for biographical information, analysis, and quotations in Lois Rudnick's published works. See Mabel Dodge Luhan: New Woman, New Worlds (University of New Mexico Press, 1984); Lois Rudnick, Utopian Vistas: The Mabel Dodge Luhan House and the American Counterculture (University of New Mexico Press, 1996); Lois Rudnick, editor, with Ellen Zieselmann, Red Earth: Poems of New Mexico, by Alice Corbin (Museum of New Mexico Press, 1999); and Lois Rudnick, editor, Cady Wells and Southwestern Modernism (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2009).

The collection, originally numbered MSS 921 has been changed to MSS 1088.


  • 1949-2020
  • Majority of material found in 1977-2018


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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.

Biography / History

Dr. Lois Palken Rudnick researched and wrote about northern New Mexico for almost all of her adult life. She chaired the American Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston for 26 years before retiring in 2009 and moving to Santa Fe. Rudnick has taught, published, and lectured widely throughout the United States and internationally on modern American culture, history, and literature, most especially on the writer and artist communities of Santa Fe and Taos. She is probably best known for her numerous books on Mabel Dodge Luhan, the doyenne of the Taos art colony in the early 20th century. Rudnick died on June 6, 2021, at age 76.

Source: KSFR website


6 boxes ((4.75 cu. ft.) plus 1 oversize folder)


The collection illuminates Lois Rudnick’s career as an academic and as a researcher/writer. Her research focuses included Mabel Dodge Luhan and the Taos (NM) arts scene.

Separated Materials

Photographs transferred to Lois Rudnick Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

Collection was changed from MSS 921 to MSS 1088 in December 2021. At this time, an addition was processed. The original collection, which consisted only of audio interviews, was incorporated into this larger collection.

Audio cassettes reformatted to cd in February 2014. Interviews are not always discrete to one side of the tape, but rather might begin right after a previous interview; thus, they will not necessarily be on separate tracks in digital format.
Finding aid of the Lois Rudnick Papers, 1949-2020
B. Silbergleit
© 2021
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  • 20211213: 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