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Ferrel Heady Papers

Identifier: UNMA 096

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents Ferrel Heady’s presidential tenure at the University of New Mexico. Included are memos, correspondence, addresses, publications, DVDs, newspaper clippings, photographs, awards, memorabilia, and a scrapbook. Student unrest and civil rights are among the issues that President Heady’s collection illuminates. The scrapbook details the history of the President’s House on campus, also known as University House.

Series 1: Awards and Certificates contain personal and work related plaques, tributes and commendations. Includes DVDs (Part 1 and 2) of Heady's Inauguration.

Series 2: Board of Regents contains proceedings of meetings, policy, legislation, and planning reports.

Series 3: Charlotte Heady contains documents pertaining to volunteer work, travel, guest lists, and a scrapbook donated by Charlotte Heady with pictures and clippings of the refurbishing of the President's House.

Series 4: Clippings include copious newsprint items that Heady saved about all the events that happened on campus during his tenure. There are mainstream media reports on the student demonstrations and activism that Heady clipped and saved. The clippings are arranged in chronological order.

Series 5: Correspondence includes Heady's correspondence and is arranged alphabetically.

Series 6: Courses and Teaching include Heady's course syllabus, grading rubrics, comments on student work, exams, and final course evaluations from students.

Series 7: Grant includes information tied to the Fulbright Scholarship Heady received in 1992-1993.

Series 8: Notes and Journals include the handwritten notes that Heady wrote during meetings, conferences, and policy debates. The notes are arranged in chronological order and function as a journal for Heady.

Series 9: Policy, Planning and Task Forces contain folders that are arranged in chronological order and include transcripts of conferences, and reports from administrative work Heady was involved in both on and off UNM's campus.

Series 10: Printed Material is arranged chronologically and includes the pamphlets and articles Heady saved about public administration issues, national campus unrest and student activism, and ideas he found important on campus governance.

Series 11: Publications are Heady's own published works that are arranged in chronological order. (Note: these publications do not include all of Heady's written work.)

Series 12: Speeches include talks delivered to different campus and public groups and are arranged in chronological order.

Series 13: Student Movements and Activism include documents directly tied to campus groups and individuals who were involved in activism at UNM.

Series 14: Photos spanning several decades and include friends, family, functions, meetings, and tennis matches.

Series 15: Memorabilia includes various gifts Heady received over the years during his affiliation with UNM and the Public Administration work that he conducted with other countries around the globe.


  • 1940-2003


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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 Note

Ferrel Heady was born on February 14, 1916 in Ferrelview, Missouri. He earned all of his degrees—an AB in political science and English and an MA and PhD in political science—at the Washington University in St. Louis, completing his PhD in 1940. Prior to coming to UNM, he worked in public administration and taught political science at the University of Michigan. He served as UNM's academic vice president under President Thomas Popejoy for a year prior to his appointment as University President. Heady served as UNM President from 1968 to 1975, a time of change and turmoil that was rife with campus protests, student strikes, and controversies concerning the Vietnam War, civil rights, free speech, and other issues. Continually under pressure from both radical and conservative elements on campus and in the surrounding community, President Heady provided calm and moderate leadership for the University during these difficult years. He died on August 17, 2006 at the age of 90.


14 boxes (12 cu. ft.) + 1 oversize folder


This collection contains the papers of former UNM President Ferrel Heady. Materials include records of his presidential tenure, transcripts of various off-campus speeches delivered by Heady, and a scrapbook detailing the history of the President’s House on campus, also known as University House.

Related Material

Thomas L. Popejoy Papers, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Ferrel Heady Papers, 1940-2003
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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