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Donald P. Schlegel Papers

Identifier: MSS-1098-BC

Scope and Contents

The Donald P. Schlegel Papers collection contains personal and professional records created by Don P. Schlegel between 1942-2017. Included in the collection are scrapbooks, sketchbooks, journals, project files, photographs, designs, teaching materials, and other records from Schlegel’s personal life as well as his career.


  • 1933 - 2018


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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 / Historical

Born on November 12, 1926 in Bethlehem, PA, Donald Paul Schlegel was known for his unique modernist and regionalist architectural designs as well as his contributions to the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning. Drafted at 19 years old, Schlegel served two years in the army in the Philippines and Guam. After completing his studies at the University of Cincinnati, Schlegel went on to receive his Master of Architecture from M.I.T. in 1952. In 1954 Schlegel began a 40 year professional career at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning where he played a critical role in establishing the department. During his time at UNM he served as professor, Chairman of the Department of Architecture, and Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning.

In addition to a long-standing career at the University of New Mexico, Schlegel also established a respected architectural practice where he designed many unique custom homes like the award-winning Robb house, churches, and other commercial buildings in New Mexico and other regions of the Southwest. His architectural work and teaching career have been widely recognized by American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.


7 boxes

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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