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SUBSERIES A: VOLUME 1, 1929-1936

Identifier: Series 1, Subseries 1

Scope and Contents

Includes excavation reports, graphs, and photographs created by students of the UNM Chaco Canyon field school. Also includes records of loans, collections inventories, and object lists from the Museum of New Mexico. Most of the material was collected by Reiter during his association with the field school, first as a student from 1929 to 1932 and then as a faculty member in 1933, 1940-1941, and 1947. Reiter made multiple copies of student reports for his personal research use and kept both Museum of New Mexico materials and his own notes and research intermixed with them; he later bound all of this material into 6 volumes.


  • Other: 1929-1936


The Reiter Notebooks include material from all aspects of Paul Reiter’s career and reflect his varied roles with the University of New Mexico field school and the Museum of New Mexico. The Notebooks primarily contain student reports, notes, and associated graphic materials describing excavations conducted at Chaco Canyon by the UNM field school between 1929 and 1938. The Notebooks also include records related to Reiter’s position as Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of New Mexico, which he held from 1931 to 1938.


From the Collection: 7.4 Linear Feet (11 document boxes; 1 OS box 16x20"; 1 binder box 12x11"; 1 flat box 12x15"; 1 flat box 14.5x11.5"; 3 photo boxes 5x8") : 111 negatives; 546 prints; 304 photocards; 12 interpositives; 6 oversize maps;

Language of Materials

From the Series: English


For the most part, the Notebooks lack a strong sense of internal organization. In some cases, multiple copies of the same report were bound in separate volumes or a single report or set of notes was split up and bound in separate volumes. This organization has been retained to preserve Paul Reiter’s original order. Any inconsistencies in order, as well as the existence of multiple copies, are noted in the individual file unit records. Original order.

Repository Details

Part of the NPS Chaco Culture National Historical Park Repository

Chaco Culture NHP & Aztec Ruins NM Museum & Archives Program
Hibben Center Rm 307 - MSC01 1050
450 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque NM 87106 USA