Message #241: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Senator Dennis Chavez Archive (NM) - Indian Affairs, Water Rights, etc. Date: Wed, 31 Jul 96 12:31:00 MST Encoding: 45 TEXT [ Note : Anthropologists and historians might find research interest in the political papers archive noted below. Additional information about Sen. Chavez is found at http://home.intranet.org/~polygon/tpg/plalphac.html -- SASIG Ed. ] From: Kathlene Ferris The Center for Southwest Research, a department of the University of New Mexico General Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Dennis Chavez Papers. Dennis Chavez was born in Los Chavez, Valencia County, New Mexico on April 8, 1888. His career in political office began in 1922 when he was elected to the New Mexico State Legislature. In 1930, he was elected as the Democratic candidate to the House of Representatives. Chavez was defeated by Bronson Cutting for a U. S. Senate seat in 1934, but when Cutting died in 1935, Governor Clyde Tingley appointed Chavez to fill the vacant seat. He was elected to serve out the remainder of the unexpired term in 1936, and was re-elected in 1940, 1946, 1952, and 1958. Chavez was the first native-born Hispanic elected to the U.S. Senate. At the time of his death, he was fourth ranking in Senate seniority. He died in Washington D. C. on November 18, 1962 and is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque. The Dennis Chavez Papers contain 383 cubic feet of material documenting Chavez' career as a politician. This includes his tenure in the New Mexico State Legislature, as well as in the United States Congress, where he was involved in such areas as Indian affairs, labor, the Post Office, the Defense Department, Latin American issues, and New Deal programs. The bulk of the collection dates between 1930 until 1962. The collection contains personal and congressional papers and correspondence (including materials relating to Senator Joseph McCarthy), photographs, news clippings, publications, maps, reports, legislation, press releases, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. Also included are project files on New Mexico counties and subject files on agriculture, mining and water resources, among other topics. The inventory to the Dennis Chavez Papers is available on disk in WordPerfect 5.1. The complete inventory and collection are accessible via the Anderson Reading Room, Center for Southwest Research, Zimmerman Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Contact: Beth Silbergleit (505) 277-0060 e-mail:
or Kathlene Ferris (505) 277-7172 firstname.lastname@example.org.