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Channell Graham Drawings and Plans

Identifier: SWA-Graham-Drawings

Scope and Content

The Channell Graham Drawings and Plans collection contains architectural drawings and plans for buildings and projects in New Mexico, Colorado and South Dakota, including commercial, state and county public buildings; state parks and recreational facilities; private and public institutions; private residences; and churches. Also included are historical restorations of Native American pueblos, missions, and churches, for which Graham is well known.

Significant structures in the collection include Paolo Soleri Outdoor Indian Theatre, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Acoma Sky City Master Plan, Acoma, New Mexico; Leasburg and Manzano State Parks, New Mexico; Kit Carson Memorial Park, Taos, New Mexico; and the Sioux Indian Cultural Center, Rapid City, South Dakota. His notable Albuquerque projects include the Rio Grande Zoo Master Plan (the Feline Exhibit with cottonwoods and waterfalls was awarded the 1968 American Institute of Architects award of merit); and the Indian Assembly of God Church.


  • 1920-1983
  • Majority of material found within 1960-1983

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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.

Biographical Information

Channell Graham was a principal in the firm of Pacheco and Graham, Albuquerque. For twenty-four years Graham designed or renovated architectural projects in New Mexico. Graham was one of the founders of the Albuquerque Conservation Association (TACA), which was formed to preserve Albuquerque’s historic buildings, natural resources and neighborhoods. In 1983 Graham left Albuquerque to teach architecture at Washington State University. Graham is a past president (1994-2003) of the Preservation League of New York State, a past president of the Preservation League of Staten Island (NY), and a board member of the National Lighthouse Museum.


8 Drawers (1.6 linear ft.)


The Channell Graham Drawings and Plans Collection contains 80 sets of architectural drawings and plans, designed by architect Channell Graham and the firm of Pacheco and Graham during the 1960s-1970s. The plans consist of public, educational; religious and commercial buildings; residences; state parks; and pueblo and mission historical restorations in New Mexico, Colorado and South Dakota.

Related Archival Material

Channell Graham Job Files. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Channell Graham Drawings and Plans, 1920-1983
Ramona L. Caplan
© 2008
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: 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