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The archival collections document the history of the School for Advanced Research (SAR) and include business and financial records, correspondence, photographs, and personal papers from people and organizations associated with SAR. Highlights include the Indian Arts Fund records and the papers of Kenneth M. Chapman, Rick Dillingham, and sisters Martha and Amelia Elizabeth White. Researchers will find materials relevant to early twentieth-century history of Santa Fe, archaeology in the Southwest, and Native American arts.

Digital images of some archival materials are online at the New Mexico Digital Collections.

Open by appointment

Email the librarian at library@sarsf.org to schedule an archives appointment. Space is limited; the library can accommodate one archives researcher at a time. Archival material must be requested in advance to allow time for retrieval from storage.

Research Request Form | Archives Use Form

Visitors new to archives are welcome to access the collections. Training in how to handle fragile documents and photographs will be provided. Prior to visiting, new researchers and anyone unfamiliar with standard archives procedures may wish to consult Planning to Visit an Archives and Typical Usage Guidelines in Archival Repositories from the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

Elizabeth White’s bookplate designed by Dorothy Sturgis Harding, 1945.

Finding Aids

Archival collections are listed below and those with complete finding guides have PDF links. Please be aware that not all collections are fully processed or open for research. In many cases, partial documentation exists in varying formats and work is ongoing to bring finding aids up to archival standards. Additional materials about SAR exist in the Records portion of the archives, but there are no public finding aids. Contact the library for more information.

The library catalog is a starting point when searching for people and subjects covered in our archives. Each of our 30+ archival collections has a record in the online catalog with a basic description (Archives Collections list). For collections that have supplemental documentation, there are PDF links in the catalog records.

The library is a member of New Mexico Archives Online, a searchable database of finding aids from repositories across New Mexico. We have contributed several finding aids from the archives and more are forthcoming as we continue to process our collections.

The former Rocky Mountain Online Archive, which was a shared catalog of finding aids for repositories in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, is no longer active. It was discontinued on October 1, 2021 when New Mexico repositories migrated to a new site on the ArchivesSpace platform called New Mexico Archives Online. 

  • Acoma-Reuter Project Files
  • Alfred Vincent Kidder Papers, 1926-1935
  • Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Edgar Lee Hewett Correspondence 1908-1923
  • Boaz Long’s Files re the history of SAR 1930-1962
  • Byron Harvey, III Collection re Byrnes 1926-1935
  • Catherine Rayne Collection of A. E. White Photographs
  • Collection of material re: History of SAR
  • Daniel T. Kelly, Sr. Files 1953-1972
  • De Vargas Development Corporation Records
  • Edgar L. Hewett Miscellaneous Papers 1910-1964
  • Eugene B. McCluney Papers re Archaeological Exploration, Hidalgo County, New Mexico 1962-1966
  • Francis C. Wilson Files, 1927-1949
  • George B. Grinnell Correspondence re McKenney-Hall
  • Hazel Hyde Papers
  • Indian Arts Fund Records, 1922-1977
  • Indian Fair Records 1928-1931
  • J.J. Brody Papers
  • J.O. Seth and Oliver Seth Papers, 1947-1966
  • Jesse Nusbaum Files re Furniture Design
  • John G. Meem Papers
  • Josephine Foard Correspondence and Photographs
  • Kenneth M. Chapman Collection 1925-1972
  • Marjorie F. Lambert Papers
  • Martha and Amelia Elizabeth White Papers
  • Mary Austin Papers and Records re Estate
  • Mary Bryan Forsyth Collection, 1953-1981
  • Melinda Elliott Collection of Research Material for History of SAR
  • Parker Wilson Files, 1952-1984
  • Recordings of Southwest Music
  • Rick Dillingham Papers
  • Sallie R. Wagner Miscellaneous Collection 1933-?
  • SAR/MNM Separation of Collections, Records of
  • School of American Research Miscellaneous Records 1913-1995

Local Archives

The early history of SAR is closely entwined with that of several local organizations, particularly the Museum of New Mexico and the Laboratory of Anthropology. Researchers may find related materials at other archival repositories. In particular, photographs of early SAR history and archaeology are held at the Photo Archives of the New Mexico History Museum.

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