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Teresa Cordova Papers

Identifier: MSS-1076-BC

Scope and Content

Collection contains material produced or collected by Teresa Córdova related to her academic career as well as her time spent as County Commissioner, and on several editorial and advisory boards. The collection is organized into the following groupings: - Bernalillo County Commissioner, The University of New Mexico, Community Organizations, Environmental Justice, and Newspapers. Papers relating to Chicano/a Studies, environmental justice, Bernalillo County, women's issues, Intel, and various organizations involved with city planning.

The Bernalillo County Commissioner materials relate to Teresa Córdova's time spent as Bernalillo County Commissioner and is arranged into three topics South Valley with various projects put into place during Córdova's service as County Commissioner from 2005 till 2008. Projects include open spaces and parks, neighborhood associations, street improvements, and agricultural issues such as water supply and air quality. The Coors/Rio Bravo material relates to the construction of a shopping mall in the Coors and Rio Bravo intersection in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Includes letters that are for or against the new development from community members. There are also material about Miscellaneous Projects consisting of papers relating to various projects Teresa Córdova was involved in, including but not limited to development of parks, air quality, water supply, sewage development, and road improvements.

The University of New Mexico material includes material collected from Teresa Córdova's time spent with the university, and is arranged into three topics: School of Architecture and Planning, contains final projects from a number of Córdova's students based around urban planning, as well as other papers that relate to Córdova's time spent as a professor in the department. The second subseries; Women's Studies, consists of Córdova's instrumental work in establishing a Women's Studies Department at the University of New Mexico; Editorial Boards, contains papers relating to Córdova's time spent on the editorial board of several different anthologies and publications relating to Chicano/a studies, Women's studies, and other academic materials.

The Community Organizations material contains documents collected and produced by Córdova that relates to several organizations; some based within Albuquerque, New Mexico, and others related specifically to the Chicano/a social movement. Organizations include the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), National Association for Chicano and Chicana Studies (NAACS), and Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS). Also contains newsletters, media, conferences, and papers recording meetings from these various organizations.

The Environmental Justice material relates to environmentally-conscious projects and organizations that Córdova was involved with consisting of articles, letters, and hearings related to the development of Intel in New Mexico, Fort Carson which contains papers and photos that relate to Córdova's environmental work in the Fort Carson military base in Colorado. Also contain much material related to other environmental projects.

The Newspapers/Publications folders, consists of various papers and publications published by universities, organizations, and academic journals. Includes past publications of The Daily Lobo, the University of New Mexico's newspaper, The University of California, Berkeley's Newspaper, and newspapers published by the South Valley's neighborhood association in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The final grouping consists of large maps and posters which pertain to the many topics in the collection.


  • circa 1985-2012


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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.


Teresa Córdova is the current director of the Great Cities Institute in Chicago. In addition, she serves on The Board of Directors for the Illinois Humanities Council and for the Illinois Voices for Children's Thought Leaders of Color Advisory Committee. She also teaches Urban Planning and Policy for the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Teresa Córdova received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Denver, and her M.A. as well as her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, Córdova served as the Chair for the Community and Regional Planning Program at the University of New Mexico and is Professor Emerita of the School of Architecture and Planning for the University of New Mexico.

Throughout her career, Córdova has been an elected and appointed member and/or chair of national, regional, and local boards and commissions. Much of her work has aimed towards affecting economic development policy and projects, the provision and design of infrastructure, local governance, and neighborhood change aimed towards environmental justice and education. Córdova served as Bernalillo County Commissioner from 2005 till 2008. During this time, she initiated a number of projects and improvements in Albuquerque's water policies, sewage systems, road developments, and educational policies. Córdova also dedicated her time to economic development, jobs, youth facilities, and open space and parks in her district.

Much of the material collected pertains to projects and initiatives she spearheaded during her time as County Commissioner for Bernalillo County. Dr. Córdova publishes in the fields of Community Development and Latino Studies. Some of her most recent publications include "Collaborative Community Development Practice: Interfacing with Government to Create a Small Business Incubator" (2017), and "Thirty Years of Chicana/Latina Studies: Early Organizing for the Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social" (2017).



13 boxes, 1 Oversize folder


Contains material produced or collected by Teresa Córdova. Material applies to Teresa Córdova's time serving as Bernalillo County Commissioner, her work as a professor at the University of New Mexico, as well as her contribution to several grassroots organizations, advisory councils, and editorial boards. Included are papers relating to Chicano/a Studies, environmental justice, Bernalillo County, women's issues, Intel, and various organizations involved with city planning.

Processing Information

Collection is processed at the box level only. Folders have descriptions but that info is not reflected in the topical/grouping contents list below.
Teresa Cordova Papers, circa 1985-2012
Samuel Sisneros
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Finding aid is in English
Funding for processing fellowship provided by Center for Regional Studies, University of New Mexico, Dr. Gabriel Meléndez, Director. Collection processed by Candice Moya.

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