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David M. Brugge Collection

Identifier: Coll 0043

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents:

Research materials for Navajo Survey of Chaco Canyon, conducted under the auspices of the NPS Chaco Project. Includes copies of books, drawings, photographs, maps, letters, notes, and copies of reports.


  • 1819-1976 (bulk dates: 1973-1976)


Biographical / Historical


David M. Brugge was born in Jamestown, New York on September 3, 1927. At the age of 18 he was drafted into the Army. After serving for two years, Brugge left the military and studied anthropology at the University of New Mexico, graduating in 1950. Brugge worked for the National Park Service for many years in various positions. He started as a seasonal Ranger at El Morro National Monument in 1953. After that seasonal position he left the Park Service, working at the Gallup Indian Community Center and on two archeological surveys, until starting with the Navajo Nation, working for ten years directing research related to the Navajo Land Claims Case. Shortly after his work was complete with the Navajo Nation, Brugge became the Curator for the Navajo Lands Group for the Park Service, and was the first curator to work at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. After five years Brugge moved back to Albuquerque to become an anthropologist at the Chaco Center. During that time he conducted the Navajo Survey of Chaco Canyon for the Chaco Project, out of which he produced A History of the Chaco Navajo. In 1977 Brugge left the Chaco Center to become the Southwest Regional Curator for the National Park Service in Santa Fe, a position in which he remained until he retired in 1988. David Brugge has received numerous honors and awards, including an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of New Mexico in 2005. He is a member of many organizations including the American Anthropological Association, Society of American Archaeology, Maxwell Museum Association, American Society for Ethnohistory, the New Mexico Council for Archaeology, Plateau Sciences Society, and the Council for American Indian Interpretation. He has also published over 100 articles and books, and is considered to be the authority on the Athabaskans of the Southwest, particularly the Navajo.


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Language of Materials




The items in the collection follow general research themes. For example, there is a section largely pertaining to lands issues, but this is not consistent. There is no apparent order to the themes, and themes can reoccur.


Provenance: Papers in this collection were received either from David Brugge or were transferred to the Chaco Archive by the Southwest Regional Office.
Finding Aid for David M. Brugge Collection
Coll 0043
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