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Marta Weigle Papers

Identifier: MSS-1096-BC

Scope and Content

The collection focuses on Marta Weigle’s life outside her career as an academic. Personal journals and scrapbooks as well as writings (stories, manuscripts) of a non-academic nature comprise most of the collection. Much of the material is autobiographical in nature. Themes include feminism, lesbianism, and Santa Fe, NM. Naturally, there are overlaps between her academic and non-academic life which are evident in the collection. Materials are divided into the following general and overlapping series: Family, Education, Early Career; Spirituality and Enlightenment; Journals/Scrapbooks; Correspondence and Related Materials; Writings. The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library at the New Mexico History Museum houses the more academic portion of Marta Weigle’s papers including her work on Santa Fe, tourism, and the Penitentes.


  • 1960-2018


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Reproduction and Use 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 Information

Marta Weigle was born in Janesville, WI on July 3, 1944. The family moved to Santa Fe in 1961 so that her father, who was president of St. Johns College in Annapolis could establish a second campus. Weigle received her BA in Social Relations from Radcliffe (1965), and her PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania (1971). She secured an Assistant Professor position jointly in the English and Anthropology Departments at the University of New Mexico in 1972. She later joined the American Studies Department, where she served as chair from 1984-1993. She was appointed University Regents Professor in the Department of Anthropology in 1990. She moved to the Anthropology Department full time in 1993, serving as chair from 1995-2002. Weigle retired from UNM in 2011. She and Mary Powell established the Ancient City Press (1981-2005), specializing in publications on New Mexico. Weigle served on the Board of the American Folklore Society (1984-1986), and was elected to the Folklore Fellows of the Society. She was devoted to the Spanish Colonial Arts Society in Santa Fe. In 2005, she received the State Historian’s Award for Excellence in New Mexico Heritage Scholarship. Weigle published broadly on New Mexico culture, history, and folklore. Her works on the Penitentes, the WPA, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, feminism, and the enchantment of New Mexico are widely acclaimed. Marta Weigle died on June 14, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM. Source: Journal of American Folklore Obituary


3 boxes (3 cu. ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection primarily contains scrapbooks, journals, and writings of a more personal and non-academic nature. Correspondence relates to personal as well as academic topics.

Related Archival Materials

Marta Weigle Papers. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library. New Mexico History Museum.

Separated Materials

Issues of Folklore Feminists Communication and Folklore Women’s Communication are catalogued into CSWR general collection.
Finding Aid of the Marta Weigle Papers
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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