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New Mexico Composers' Archive

Identifier: MSS 904 BC

Scope and Content

The New Mexico Composers Archive contains original and published music manuscripts, as well as programs and sound recordings of performances. Also included are articles and newspaper clippings, photographs, typed and handwritten notes, and correspondence, as well as documents used by organizations in the New Mexico music and arts community. Significant contributors include Joseph W. Grant, Elliott Higgins, Scott Lakin Jones, Ramon Noble, William E. Rhoads, Alan Stringer, Isabelle Weimer, Scott Wilkinson, and Michael Mauldin.


  • 1914-2014

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biography / History

The New Mexico Composers' Archive was initiated in 1973 by Dr. John Harvey, then the Dean of Libraries at the University of New Mexico, as an effort to collect primary source materials for the active research faculty and graduate students in the Department of Music. The archive’s mission was to acquire original materials from composers who have had important connections with the University or the State of New Mexico, and who have contributed significantly to our culture. The archive was accumulated with the expectation that future generations will be able to learn something of composition in “our" time and perhaps gain a better understanding of composition in their own time.


29 Boxes (24 cu. ft.)


This collection consists primarily of music manuscripts, but also contains sound recordings, correspondence, papers, programs, and photographs from composers from New Mexico or with important ties to New Mexico.

Collection Available Online

Portions of the New Mexico Composers Archive are available in the UNM Digital Repository

Separated Material

Some music manuscripts are only available in digital format via the UNM Digital Repository

Collection of 6 audio CDs and 2 DVDs with recordings of Muriel Roth perfoming and interviews with both Henry and Muriel Roth transferred to CSWR AV shelving.See "Henry & Muriel": PS3535.O787 H46 2016 c.1


Note: If no Box number is listed, material is only available in the UNM Digital Repository

Processing Information

In March 2014, Michael Mauldin's professional correspondence was added to the collection.

In July 2014, concert programs of works by Michael Mauldin was added to the collection.

Inquire with reference staff for access to unprocessed additions (March 2015) Boxes 1-3 & (June 2018) Boxes 4-7 - compositions by Michael Mauldin, B3-11A.
Finding aid of the New Mexico Composers' Archive, 1914-2014
Edited Full Draft
J. Varin
© 2012
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131