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"Miracle on the Mesa" Research Records

Identifier: UNMA-129

Scope and Content Note

The Miracle on the Mesa research materials collection was compiled by William E. "Bud" Davis when he was conducting research on the history of the University of New Mexico. The topics span a wide range of UNM history. The collection is divided into two series: People and Subjects. Both series are arranged alphabetically.


  • 1961-2000


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic 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.

Historical Note

Former University of New Mexico President William E. "Bud" Davis researched and wrote a book about the history of UNM from its founding in 1889 until the book's publication in 2003. The book was originally commissioned to coincide with the centennial of the university in 1989, but was delayed when the original author, Michael Welsh, departed the project. Welsh did finish writing chapters for the first half of UNM's history and donated those chapters to the University Archives.

The idea for a new history book about UNM was suggested again in the fall of 2000 by Van Dorn Hooker, University architect emeritus, and Joe Scaletti, retired associate vice president for research. Then UNM President F. Chris Garcia offered financial support for the project and several other members of the UNM community joined the committee overseeing the project.


2 Cubic Feet (2 Boxes)


The collection contains research materials compiled by William E. Davis for Miracle on the Mesa, a book about the history of the University of New Mexico.

Related Material

Michael Welsh Manuscript Collection, UNMA 169, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the "Miracle on the Mesa" Research Records, 1961-2000
Portia Vescio
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Finding aid is in English

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