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Ted Sowers Collection

Identifier: Coll 0052

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents:

Reports from 1941, Images, and Sowers' Field Technicians' Comment journals from December 1, 1944 through March 31, 1947


  • 1941-1986 (bulk dates: 1941-1946)


Biographical / Historical

HISTORY: Theodore (Ted) Sowers was a seasonal ranger/historian at Chaco Canyon National Monument in 1941, custodian (superintendent) of Chaco Canyon National Monument from 1945-1946, and custodian of Great Sand Dunes National Monument from 1946-1950. During the 1941 season, Sowers produced several photographic reports of the archaeological sites, including petrogylph panels and the effect of the fall of Threatening Rock in January 1941. The photographs in this collection are primarily from this year. He published an article in "Southwestern Lore," Vol. 8 No. 2, September 1942, entitled "The Petroglyphs of the Chaco Canyon area." After working for the Wyoming Archaeological Survey in Laramie (1941-1945?), he arrived back in Chaco as custodian on January 4, 1945. His tenure lasted through November 12, 1946, when he and his wife Cecilia left for his new posting at Great Sand Dune National Monument. The journals in this collection document his daily work at Chaco. Sowers was obviously accustomed to keeping these National Park Serivice Field Technicians' Comment journals, because the Chaco entries are contained in Journal #9, which begins December 1, 1944, while Sowers was at Tumacacori National Monument, and ends in Journal #16, March 31, 1947, while Sowers was working at Great Sand Dune National Monument.


2 Linear Feet

Language of Materials




Organized into three series: 001: Reports 002: Photographs 003: Journals


Provenance: NPS
Finding Aid for Ted Sowers Collection
Coll 0052
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, National Park Service
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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