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Corina A. Santistevan Collection

Identifier: TCHS-CAS


This collection comprises the papers, ephemera, photographs, and publications assembled by or created by Corina A. Santistevan, educator, author, resarcher and historian of Taos, New Mexico.


  • 1610-2014, bulk 1939-2014

Biographical / Historical

Corina A. Santistevan, 1919-2016. The youngest of five sisters born and raised at the family home in Cordillera (N.M.), educator and author Corina Santistevan founded the Taos County Historical Society in 1952, with her friends Helen Greene Blumenschein and Jack Boyer. She returned to Taos in 1979, after post-graduate work at Stanford University and more than twenty years teaching in the Bay Area. As author, researcher, archivist, and preservationist of Taos Valley history, Santistevan is regarded as one of New Mexico's most knowledgeable authorities on Taos history. She appeared on five segments of KNME's Colores (television program), wrote extensively for the Romero Publishing Company's annnual Christmas in Taos publication and for Ayer y Hoy (Taos County Historical Society newsletter). She was coauthor with Van Dorn Hooker of Centuries of Hands (1996), an architectural history of the Ranchos de Taos church, San Francisco de Asis. For the Taos County Historical Society, she instigated the research and writing for Taos: A Topical History (2013), for which she served as project director from 1996 through publication.


14 Linear Feet (24 file boxes, 3 pamphlet boxes, 1 videocassette box containing oversize publications, 3 shoeboxes)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


"More Product, Less Process" guidelines were followed throughout, preserving original order and original folder titles/labels as much as possible.

Physical Location

Taos County Historical Society at the Lunder Research Center, Couse-Sharp Historic Site, Taos, New Mexico.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Family of Corina A. Santistevan.

Processing Information

The Corina A. Santistevan Collection was arranged and described from June to December 2023 by Virginia Dodier and Paul C. Figueroa, volunteer co-chairs of the Archives and Library Committee, Taos County Historical Society. They were assisted by University of New Mexico student intern Madelynn Gonzales-Mascareñas and Taos Academy student José Cortés. Intern compensation was provided by a reimbursement grant from the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area Grant Program.
Corina A. Santistevan Collection, Finding Aid of
Virginia Dodier
December 2023
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Spanish words, phrases and names are expressed in their original spelling where possible.
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area Grant Program, 2023. In-kind support from the Lunder Research Center, Couse-Sharp Historic Site, Taos, New Mexico, 2023-2024.

Repository Details

Part of the Taos County Historical Society Repository

PO Box 2447
Taos NM 87571