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Chaco World Heritage Site Designation Collection

Identifier: Coll 0302

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents:

The records include the original and amended nominators, memos, correspondence relating to the dedication, speeches at the dedication ceremony, the commemorative pamphlets, press releases, photographs and slides.


  • 1980-2002 (bulk dates: 1980-1988)


Biographical / Historical


The Department Of Interior nominated Chaco Culture National Historical Park to be a World Heritage Site in 1987 because it fulfilled the third criterion outlined by the 1972 World Heritage Convention: “to bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.” When the World Heritage Committee reviewed Chaco’s application, it recommended the park for inclusion but also suggested that the United States government consider including other examples of Puebloan culture, including outlying BLM managed lands. Aztec Ruins, Pierre’s site, Halfway House, Twin Angels, Salmon Ruins, Kin Nizhoni, and Casamero are all part of the World Heritage designation. On October 22, 1988, CCNHP held a dedication ceremony and unveiled a new plaque to honor the designation for Chaco and the outlying sites.

This collection, originally arranged by Joyce Raab, Chaco Collection Archivist in 2003 contains early correspondence and reports from Chaco’s original nomination in 1980. Also included are later drafts from 1986-1988 which include Aztec Ruins and Bureau of Land Management outlying sites. Photographs, slides, and commemorative pamphlets document the October 22nd dedication ceremony.


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Arrangement/Organization: No series; chronological order. Images are in file unit 9.



This has become an assembled collection of records pertaining to the designation of Chaco as a World Heritage Site and the dedication in 1988. Several park employees are responsible for contributing these materials. A collection of 10 photos, found in 2003 but donated by Shirley Guterson in 1988 has been added to this accession. 58 Slides from Bob Powers were also added later.
Finding Aid for World Heritage Site Designation Collection
Coll 0302
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, National Park Service
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Repository Details

Part of the NPS Chaco Culture NHP Repository

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