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Beula Fleming Architectural Drawings

Identifier: SWA-Fleming-Drawings

Scope and Content

The Beulah Fleming Collection contains architectural drawings and plans for over 280 projects, mainly residential in nature. The buildings are mainly in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also included are drawings for Mountainair, Socorro, and other New Mexico communities. Beulah was both designer and draftsperson for many projects. The majority of drawings are undated.

Items included in the collection are: Alpha Chi Omega Sorority House, University of New Mexico,Albuquerque, residences in Ridgecrest, Parkland Hills, the Loma Vista area, near Jefferson Middle School, and the Vista Larga area near Montezuma Elementary School. Residential designs in the Nob Hill area, University Heights, and the Bel-Air section of Albuquerque are also by Fleming. In many instances, the Fleming database contains addresses for her residences.

Styles utilized are Pueblo Revival and simple pitched roof frame houses, with a few examples of Spanish Colonial and Territorial Style for larger homes.

Additional drawing sets representing other architects or firms include: Brittelle & Ginner, Architects; Owasa J. Jennings, Architect; Kruger, Lake, and Henderson, Architects, Robert C. Munro Jr., and E. H. Norris, all of Albuquerque. M.C. Parker practiced in Roswell, New Mexico. Two sets of prints from International Textbook Co., Scranton, Pa., are textbook examples of a complete set of architectural plans. Fleming may have used them as an exercise or reference material.


  • 1925-1961

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

Beulah Nixon Fleming was born on January 30, 1904 in Jicarilla, New Mexico. She was delivered in a tent, near the school where her mother was a teacher. After moving to Albuquerque in 1929, Fleming enrolled in the International Correspondence School to study architectural design, where she excelled in geometric drawing and calculations.

From 1938-1969, Fleming worked out of her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, making a successful living as an architectural designer and draftsperson. She also associated professionally with architects Owasa J. Jennings and E. H. Norris. Most of Fleming's buildings were single or multiple family residences in Albuquerque, Socorro, Mountainair, and other New Mexico communities.

Fleming's residential designs in Albuquerque are located in prominent neighborhoods such as Ridgecrest, Huning Highlands, Nobhill, and University Heights. Her simple designs took hold during the 1930's and 1940's, during Albuquerque's early economic boom. The straight forward stucco frame homes exemplified both regional and efficient features. Fleming's most romantic home is the "Rock house" located at the corner of Marquette NE and Monte Vista NE in Albuquerque. It features a steep pitched roof with gabled windows and rock façade.

Fleming had one daughter and two sons with husband Joseph Jefferson Fleming, Sr., who was also an architectural draftsman. After his death, Fleming married again to Joseph A. Dunham.

Beulah Fleming died on March 10, 1980, at the age of 76. She carries the distinction of being the first female designer documented in the John Gaw Meem Archives of Southwestern Architecture. Her contributions to Albuquerque's neighborhoods demonstrate a rare legacy for a professional woman of the early twentieth century.


7 drawers (2 lin.ft.)


Architectural drawings and plans of residences and commercial buildings located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and other New Mexico cities, from 1925-1961. Also included are drawings and plans by other architects and firms.

Related Archival Material

Beula Fleming Job Files Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries.
Finding Aid of the Beula Fleming Architectural Drawings, 1925-1961
Ellen Evans-Colburn
© 2007
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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