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Peggy Pond Church Papers

Identifier: MSS-231-BC

Scope and Content

The Peggy Pond Church papers consist of literary manuscripts including House at Otowi Bridge and Ultimatum for Man, correspondence, published materials and poetic draft notes. The collection is roughly divided into two sections; that of Peggy Pond Church's research materials and original work, and a collection of Mary Austin's books used for research by Church. The collection is not organized in chronological order but rather to suit the idiosyncrasies of Peggy Pond Church's work methods.

Correspondence, manuscripts, drafts and editorial correspondence are often intermixed with personal letters and researched topics emphasizing the high degree of Church's creative writing style. The bulk of miscellaneous material often is punctuated with personal and somewhat illegible notes which appear to surface as rough drafts and eventually complete published poetry.

Additional materials were added to the collection in July 2003. This consists almost entirely of annotated publications.

Another addition was processed in August 2016. Included in the addition are biographical, autobiographical and family materials, documentaiton of literary activities, correspondence (mostly to Peggy Pond Church), and reference files.

Photographs from the collection are housed in CSWR Photoarchives.


  • 1922-2013


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Access Restrictions

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.


Peggy Pond Church, poet and writer, was born December 1, 1903 in Watrous, New Mexico. She grew up in a rural community and attended the only grade school on the Pajarito Plateau, The Los Alamos Ranch School, founded by her father Ashley Pond.

She wrote the book, The House at Otowi Bridge, a biographical account of Edith Warner, whose tea room by the Rio Grande was a favorite gathering spot for the atomic scientist during World War II. She also was the author of eight collections of poems, including the latest in 1985, Birds of Daybreak. Church received the Governor's Award, New Mexico's highest artistic honor, in 1984. A biography of Mary Austin written by Peggy Pond Church titled Wind's Trail was published posthumously and edited by Shelley Armitage. Peggy Pond Church, who was a member of the Hemlock Society, died in 1987 at the age of eighty-three.


10 boxes (7.9 cu. ft.)

Related Material

Thomas M. Pearce Papers University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research Frank Waters Papers University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research Augusta Fink Papers University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research Anna K. Sherman Papers on Edith Warner University of New Mexico. Center for Southwest Research

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to Peggy Pond Church Pictorial Collection.

Original reel to reel stored in B3.

The following unannotated publications have been transferred to UNM Library for cataloguing:
  1. Foss, Phillip, ed. TYUONYI, 1985
  2. Coomaraswamy, A. Transformation of Nature in Art, 1934
  3. Payne, R., ed. White Pony - Chinese Poetry, 1947
  4. Dobson, Rev. Did Our Lord Visit Britain , 1944
  5. Dolin, A. Pax de Deux, 1969
  6. Sjoestedt, M-L. (trans. by Dillon) Gods and Heroes of the Celts, 1982
  7. Bulletin of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, 1982-1984 (scattered issues)
  8. Los Alamos Historical Society Newsletter, 1983-1990 (scattered issues)
  9. Foxx, Teralene S. and Gail D. Tierney.Status of the Flora of the Los Alamos National Environmental Research Park: A Historical Perspective, 1984

Processing Information

Collection was reprocessed and an addition was added in July 2003. Folder titles and basic organization remain the same, however, most box and folder numbers have changed.

An addition to the collection was processed in August 2016.
Finding Aid of the Peggy Pond Church Papers, 1922-1987
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Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 231 BC::Peggy Pond Church Papers)//EN" "nmu1mss231bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

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