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New Mexico State Tuberculosis Sanatorium records

Identifier: HHC 243

Scope and Content

This collection contains documents from the New Mexico State Tuberculosis Sanatorium between the years of 1943 and 1954. Included in the collection are administrative documents from the sanatorium including occupancy reports from February 1950 to February 1954, financial reports from 1950 to 1953, financial papers from 1950 to 1953 and other documents pertaining to the facility's policies and regulations during the period. In addition, the minutes and correspondence from the medical staff meetings held between 1950 and 1954 are included as well as correspondences concerning patient complaints, nursing disputes and general correspondences. This collection also contains two undated, miscellaneous documents concerning a lightning protection bid and an article on the sanatorium and the 1952 booklet for the sanatorium published by the Department of Public Welfare.


  • 1943-1954
  • Majority of material found in Placeholder Unit Date Text

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research with the exception of material marked [restricted].

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biography / History

The New Mexico State Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Socorro was originally utilized as a Civilian Conservation Camp during the depression and later as a camp for unemployed transient males under the supervision of the Transient Bureau. In 1934, the institution became a tuberculosis sanatorium and accepted its first patients. Financed by state funds through the Department of Public Welfare, the Sanatorium provided health care to economically disadvantaged New Mexicans diagnosed with tuberculosis who were unable to pay for private sanatoriums. Initially fifty patient beds were available, later increasing to two hundred beds as demand increased. In 1950, the sanatorium created a self-sufficient operating unit that provided x-rays, laboratory testing and operating facilities for patients.


1 document case


The collection surveys the history of the New Mexico State Tuberculosis Sanatorium, with particular emphasis on the years 1943 to 1954. The collection includes correspondence concerning patient complaints, personnel disputes and communications between doctors from 1950 to 1954. Also included are various administrative documents such as occupancy reports, financial documents, and forms concerning the policies of the public sanatorium. Medical staff correspondences, minutes from medical board meetings, and the institution's constitution with by laws are also documented as well as the 1952 official booklet of the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium.

Related Materials

Hospitals and Clinics, obsolete: Socorro (NM) graphic, five photo prints of the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium after a fire in 1974. New Mexico Health Historical Collection. PH 070 Wilhelm F. Rosenblatt Oral History Collection. New Mexico Health Historical Collection. HHC68FL 856

Processing Information

Processed by Peggy McBride. Revised by Danielle Scott in 2006.
Inventory of the New Mexico State Tuberculosis Sanatorium Records, 1943-1954
Edited Full Draft
Danielle Scott
© 2007
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Repository

MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque New Mexico 87131 United States