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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

SMU-in-Taos

Ft. Burgwin

Additional Material

Ephemera

Southern Methodist University

SMU-in-Taos records

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Southern Methodist University
Title: SMU-in-Taos records
Inclusive Dates: 1959-2001
Abstract: SMU-in-Taos (originally known as Fort Burgwin) was established in 1964 in New Mexico primarily as an archeological and educational site. These records include minutes, correspondence, reports, photographs, publications, and pamphlets that show the growth of the campus and establishment of the summer school program as well as the history of the archeological site.
Accession No: SMU 1993.0198
Extent: 17 boxes (8.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

SMU-in-Taos (originally known as the Fort Burgwin campus) is Southern Methodist University’s campus in New Mexico. It started as an archeological dig, but has grown to be a full-fledged campus with an information commons and classes each summer.

By the mid-1950s, the property had been acquired by a lumber company. Fortunately, the owner of the lumber company, Mr. Ralph Rounds, was an amateur archaeologist who had heard stories of the fort's existence. To relocate the lost fort, Rounds enlisted the help of archaeologist Fred Wendorf, now Professor Emeritus in SMU's Department of Anthropology. After Wendorf located the remnants of the log fort, Rounds provided financial support for Wendorf and his associates to excavate and rebuild fort structures based on sketches of the original buildings. Reconstructed, Fort Burgwin was designed to serve a new purpose--education.

Envisioning Fort Burgwin as the ideal setting for academic programs, Southern Methodist University began in 1964 to acquire the property with support from the Rounds Foundation and the Honorable William P. Clements, Jr., then-chair of the University's Board of Governors and Texas governor from 1979-83 and 1987-91. Eventually, the University added adobe casitas for student and faculty housing, classrooms, a dining hall, and a multi-purpose auditorium. In 1992, Fort Burgwin became SMU-in-Taos. In 2004 a state-of-the-art computer facility and library, the Fred Wendorf Information Commons, was constructed on the Fort Burgwin campus.

Resurrected and restored, Fort Burgwin thrives as a center for academic discovery, experiential learning and scholarly research. Now the summer campus for SMU-IN-TAOS, the program offers academic courses in the humanities, natural and social sciences, performing and studio arts, as well as archaeological and anthropological research.

Source:

“History of Fort Burgwin and SMU-in Taos,” from SMU Website, http://smu.edu/taos/overview.asp, on August 19, 2010.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains the records of SMU-in-Taos and the Fort Burgwin Research Center from its foundation until 2001. Among the important items are blueprints, diagrams, and field notes from the excavation of Fort Burgwin, documents concerning the founding of the Fort Burgwin Research Center and SMU-in-Taos program, and photographs of much of the campus and archaeological sites. Also included are manuscripts and books published as a result of research done at or about Fort Burgwin and the Taos, New Mexico area, information about the SMU-in-Taos program, and Ephemera including SMU-in-Taos T-shirts and the Fort Burgwin Research Center Seal. Originally this collection was four separate collections given to the Southern Methodist University Archives at four different times. They have been combined into this collection using MPLP processes both to maintain the integrity of the original collections and to expedite processing.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 4 series:
Series 1: SMU-in-Taos
Series 2: Ft. Burgwin
Series 3: Additional Material
Series 4: Ephemera

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use, except for Box 8, Folder 6. This folder contains restricted material and is labeled “RESTRICTED.”

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
SMU-in-Taos.
Southern Methodist University -- History.
Cantonment Burgwin (N.M.)
University extension -- New Mexico.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

SMU-in-Taos records, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Deposit.

Processing Information

This collection was originally four separate collections in the SMU Archives, including the call numbers

SMU 1993.0195,

SMU 1993.0198,

SMU 1996.0271, and

SMU 1996.0279,

all of which were previously unprocessed.

MPLP (More product, less processing) processes were used with this collection both to maintain the integrity of the original collections as well as to expedite processing. As a result, Series 1-3 respectively contain the contents of SMU 1993.0198, SMU 1993.0195, and SMU 1996.0271 together with SMU 1996.0279, while Series 4, because it is ephemera, contains items from all four collections. An additional consequence of this procedure is some overlapping material amongst the series.

Processed by

Lane J. Sobehrad, 2010.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
SMU-in-Taos
6 boxes (65 folders)

Formerly SMU 1993.0198
Box Folder
1 1 Master Plan and By-Laws – SMU-in-Taos
2 History of Ft. Burgwin
3 Excavation of Ft. Burgwin
4 Founding of SMU-in-Taos at Ft. Burgwin Campus
5 Biography of John Henry King Burgwin
6 Diary and Account of Dr. William Wallace Anderson, 1858
7 Board of Trustees – Minutes (1959-1962)
8 Board of Trustees – Minutes (1963-1965)
9 Board of Trustees – Minutes (1963-1968)
Box Folder
2 1 Board of Trustees – Minutes (1965-1974) (1 of 2)
2 Board of Trustees – Minutes (1965-1974) (2 of 2)
3 Board of Trustees – Minutes (1974-1979) (1 of 2)
4 Board of Trustees – Minutes (1974-1979) (2 of 2)
5 Board of Trustees – Minutes (1974-1980)
6 Board of Trustees – Minutes (1979-1980)
7 Board of Trustees – Agendas (1960, 1964-1968)
8 Board of Trustees – Annual Meetings (1989-1995)
Box Folder
3 1 Board of Trustees – Annual Reports (1958-1969)
2 Board of Trustees – Contracts
3 Budgets
4 Balance Sheets
5 Statements of Receipts and Disbursements
6 Financial Statements
7 Endowment Fund
8 National Science Foundation
9 Miscellaneous Financial Records
10 Correspondence – Willis M. Tate
11 Correspondence - Assorted
12 Correspondence - Assorted
13 Manuscripts – The United States Army in Taos, 1847-1861by Lawrence R. Murphy
14 Manuscripts – Cantonment Burgwin, New Mexico, 1852-1860 by Lawrence R. Murphy
15 Manuscripts – The Taos, New Mexico Mill of Ceran St. Vrain: 1849-1864 by Jay R. Newman
Box Folder
4 1 Manuscripts – Wendorf’s Material – “Captain Burgwin”
2 Manuscripts – Arrott Collection
3 Books – Late Pleistocene Environments of the Southern High Plains
4 Books – Blackwater Locality No.1: A Stratified, Early Mna Sight in Eastern New Mexico
5 Books – Valdez Phase Occupation Near Taos, New Mexico
6 Books – Excavations at a Pot Creek Pueblo
7 Books – Papers on Taos Archaeology
8 Books – Taos Archaeology
9 Books – Colloquia in Anthropology, Vol. I-II
Box Folder
5 1 SMU-in-Taos Pamphlets (1 of 2)
2 SMU-in-Taos Pamphlets (2 of 2)
3 SMU-in-Taos Pamphlets (3 of 3)
4 Ft. Burgwin Dedication (07/20/1974)
5 SMU-in-Taos – General Information
6 SMU-in-Taos – Packets (1991)
7 SMU-in-Taos – Packets (1992)
8 SMU-in-Taos – Packets (1993)
Box Folder
6 1 SMU-in-Taos – Packets (1994)
2 SMU-in-Taos – Packets (1995)
3 SMU-in-Taos – General Information (1996)
4 SMU-in-Taos – General Information (1997)
5 SMU-in-Taos – General Information (1998/1999)
6 SMU-in-Taos – General Information (1999)
7 SMU-in-Taos – General Information (2000)
8 SMU-in-Taos – Informal Courses
9 SMU-in-Taos – Alumni College (1966)
10 SMU-in-Taos – Photographs – People
11 SMU-in-Taos – Photographs – Buildings
12 SMU-in-Taos – Photographs – Pot Creek
13 SMU-in-Taos – Photographs – Miscellaneous
14 Slides and Negatives - Ft. Burgwin
Box Folder
7 1 SMU-in-Taos – Photographs on Foam Board (1 of 2)
2 SMU-in-Taos – Photographs on Foam Board (2 of 2)

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Series 2:
Ft. Burgwin
6 boxes (47 folders)

Formerly SMU 1993.0195
Box Folder
7 3 Ft. Burgwin – Cantonment – History
4 Report on the Operation of the Fort Burgwin Research Center (May 1985)
5 Ft. Burgwin – Statements of Receipts and Disbursements
6 Ft. Burgwin – Excavation – Unit Three Report
7 Board of Trustees – Annual Report (1971)
8 Ft. Burgwin – Pamphlets and Newsletters
9 Ft. Burgwin – Camp Programs
10 Board of Trustees – Annual Meetings
Box Folder
8 1 Ft. Burgwin – Field Notes (1 of 2)
2 Ft. Burgwin – Field Notes (2 of 2)
3 Ft. Burgwin – Correspondence – Assorted
4 Board of Trustees – Miscellaneous
5 Ft. Burgwin – Archaeological Records Management System (1 of 2)
6 Ft. Burgwin – Archaeological Records Management System (2 of 2) RESTRICTED
Box Folder
9 1 Ft. Burgwin – Archaeological Field School – “1984 Excavation at Pot Creek Pueblo”
2 History of Ft. Burgwin
3 Ft. Burgwin – Excavation of Cantonment Diagrams
4 Ft. Burgwin – Construction Documents
5 Ft. Burgwin – Museum (1987)
6 Ft. Burgwin – Field Notes (Photographs) (1 of 3)
7 Ft. Burgwin – Field Notes (Photographs) (2 of 3)
8 Ft. Burgwin – Field Notes (Photographs) (3 of 3)
Box Folder
10 1 Ft. Burgwin – Field Notes – Hospital (1979) (1 of 2)
2 Ft. Burgwin – Field Notes – Hospital (1979) (2 of 2)
3 Books – Colloquia on Anthropology, Volumes I-II
4 Books – Taos Archaeology
5 Books – Sounds and Sights of Taos Valley
6 Books – Late Pleistocene Environments of the Southern High Plain
7 Books – Blackwater Locality No.1: A Stratified, early Mna Site in Eastern New Mexico
Box Folder
11 1 Books – Excavations at Pot Creek Pueblo
2 Books – Papers on Taos Archaeology
3 Books – The Reconstructions of Past Environments
4 Books – Valdez Phase Occupation near Taos, New Mexico
5 Books – Contributions to the Prehistory of Nubia
6 Photographs – Moradas by Thomas R. Lynns
7 Photographs – Construction Photographs
8 Photographs – Luncheon and Convocation (July 27, 1974)
9 Slides (1 of 2)
10 Slides (2 of 2)
Box Folder
12 1 Ft. Burgwin – Mabel Dodge Lujan Home/
2 Ft. Burgwin – Young-Hunter Estate, Taos, New Mexico
3 Ft. Burgwin – Guestbooks (1 of 3)
4 Ft. Burgwin – Guestbooks (2 of 3)
5 Ft. Burgwin – Guestbooks (3 of 3)
6 Ft. Burgwin – Film (6.35mm x 360m), 7” reel

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Series 3:
Additional Material
1 box (9 folders)

Formerly SMU 1996.0271 and SMU 1996.0271
Box Folder
13 1 Ft. Burgwin – Summer Session Catalog
2 Ft. Burgwin – Transmittal Letter
3 Ft. Burgwin – Student Room and Board Agreement (1986)
4 Ft. Burgwin – “Cantonment Burgwin, New Mexico, 1852-1860”
5 Ft. Burgwin – 1986 Programs
6 Ft. Burgwin – Schedules
7 Ft. Burgwin – News Clippings
8 Attic Files (1987)
9 Ft. Burgwin – Gift from J.P. Brandenburg

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Series 4:
Ephemera
4 boxes

Box Item
14 1 SMU-in-Taos T-Shirts
2 SMU-in-Taos Mug
3 Ft. Burgwin Research Center, Inc. Seal
Box Item
15 1 SMU-in-Taos T-Shirts
Box Item
16 1 Cassette Tapes labeled #1 – #18
Box Item
17x 1 SMU-in-Taos Pamphlets (folded)
2 News Clippings
3 SMU-in-Taos Poster
4 Ft. Burgwin Diagrams and Blueprints
1 News Clippings (SMU)
2 Manuscripts (Unknown)
3 Ft. Burgwin Research Center, Taos, New Mexico, Museum, Exhibition Working Drawings (August 1986)
4 SMU-in-Taos Pamphlets (unfolded)

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