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Harvey S. Hoshour Papers

Identifier: MSS-937-BC

Scope and Content

Spanning 32 boxes, the Harvey Hoshour Papers contains correspondence, notes, photographs, project outlines, preliminary sketches, presentation boards, and construction documents for over 250 sites. Most projects were constructed by the Hoshour firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, though some files contain projects completed under other architects. A copy of Hoshour’s master thesis with supplemental material collected by researchers is also contained in the collection. Project numbers preceding site are architect's own, but sometimes client project numbers are also noted.

In 2019 Mrs. Lise Hoshour made a donation of additional materials, located in Boxes 33, 34, and 35, and in the Hoshour SWA Drawings Collection. Included are presentation brochures, photographs and slides of various Hoshour-Pearson projects, such as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, UNM Health Sciences Library and New Mexico Title Building. The boxes also contain the correspondence, final proposal and drawings for the 1987 Albuquerque Performing Arts Center, with background studies on Albuquerque cultural artistic groups and performing arts facilities in the 1980s. In addition, there are background papers on the Tom Kromer (Kromer House) - Harvey Hoshour residence in the Albuquerque North Valley. Drawings of the home and other Hoshour Albuquerque properties were placed in the Hoshour SWA Drawings Collection.


  • 1955-2014

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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. For copyright questions, please contact CSWR Director, (505) 277.7107 or email.

Biographical Information

Harvey S. Hoshour was born September 18, 1931 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His distinguished architectural career began in the late 1950s. After graduating with honors from Pomona College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hoshour received a Fulbright to study Open Urban Spaces in Rome under the internationally known engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. While in Italy, he was invited to participate in the International Conference for Modern Architecture (CIAM) founded by French Architect Le Corbusier.

In 1957, Hoshour lived his dream of working in Chicago with world renowned Mies van der Rohe whose International Style strongly influenced Hoshourʼs approach towards design. In Chicago, he also worked for Harry Weese and Associates. He received his architectural license in 1961 in New York while working for I. M. Pei and Associates. In 1962 Hoshour taught at the University of New Mexico in the Department of Architecture and worked for Alexander Girard in Santa Fe before opening his own practice in downtown Albuquerque. Hoshour contributed a modernist approach to Albuquerqueʼs public and residential buildings, creating a striking contrast to the organic lines of New Mexicoʼs preeminent Spanish Pueblo Revival style of architecture. Hoshourʼs designs utilize a sleek and geometric balanced simplicity. Less than one year after his premature death on December 27, 1988, he was awarded the Bainbridge Bunting Award from the Albuquerque Conservation Association for his historic restoration projects.


35 boxes (29.75 linear feet)


Job files, presentation boards, shop drawings, proposals, correspondence, and bibliographic information for Albuquerque architect Harvey Hoshour.

Related Material

Harvey S. Hoshour Architectural Drawings and Plans 1961-1988 Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Pearson & Co. Architects Drawings and Plans, 1968-2001 Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

A number of books related to architecture, from the Harvey S. Hoshour Collection, were cataloged for the CSWR book collection.

Processing Information

Processing completed December 2016; December 2019
Finding aid of the Harvey S. Hoshour Papers, 1955-2014
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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