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Joseph V. Scaletti papers

Identifier: HHC 323

Scope and Contents

The Joseph V. Scaletti papers, HHC 323, date 1950-2010. Types of records include correspondence, publications, research and teaching materials, photographs and other media, administrative files, and other items. These papers help document Dr. Scaletti’s education, career, and professional activities – primarily at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Original folder titles were kept when present. Folder titles and notes created by the archivist are in square brackets. The finding aid description is at the box-level.


  • 1950-2010

Conditions Governing Use

These papers are open to researchers. Standard copyright laws apply. No rights to published materials. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph V. Scaletti (1926 July 22 – 2010 March 8) was a microbiologist, professor, and one of the founders of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Born in Connecticut, Scaletti served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. In 1957, he earned his PhD in Microbiology from Cornell University. After working one year working at American Cyanamid, Scaletti became a faculty member at the University of Minnesota and, in 1964, was recruited to the new University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine. At UNM, Scaletti served as professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology in the School of Medicine as well as published numerous research papers. He created the Allied Health Sciences program in 1972 and became UNM’s first Vice President for Research in 1978. As Vice President for Research (1978-1986), Scaletti greatly increased funding, oversaw the construction of multiple campus buildings, and planned and established University Research Park and the Rio Grande Research Corridor. During his long career, he advocated for and worked toward expanding healthcare to New Mexico’s rural communities. Along with Dr. Clark Hansbarger, Scaletti established the Rural Health Interdisciplinary Program. This program, which lasted from 1990 – 2003, trained UNM students in different healthcare-related fields to study and work in rural clinics in New Mexico. Scaletti also co-wrote a grant with Dr. Sanjeev Arora in 2004 to fund Project ECHO, which provided “a model for treating complex chronic diseases in rural areas.”

Dr. Scaletti passed away on March 8, 2010 from a traumatic brain injury. The annual Joseph V. Scaletti Memorial Catalyst Lecture, hosted by the UNM HSC Clinical and Translational Science Center, is named in his honor. Established in 2011, the lecture series “features an individual, institution, or idea responsible for accelerating the rate of positive change and forward progress in the areas of biomedical research, healthcare education, innovative healthcare delivery, and state-of-the-art patient care.”

[Sources:;;, accessed May 5, 2023]


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Materials were left in the order found by archivist and are mostly in chronological order. Box-level description is provided.

Custodial History

Donated by Carla Scaletti, 2012.
Guide to the Joseph V. Scaletti papers
Abbie Weiser
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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