The New Mexico History Museum is digitizing and making publicly available the manuscript and photograph collections of Edgar Lee Hewett (1865-1946) thanks to a major grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Join Librarian and Archivist Heather McClure for coffee and refreshments as she discusses the Edgar Lee Hewett Collections project
An inescapable presence in early 20th century Southwestern cultural life, Hewett earned his nickname of “El Toro”. Among his accomplishments, Hewett was at the forefront of modern Southwestern archaeology. He trained a new generation of archaeologists, invited women into the field, and worked tirelessly for the United States Antiquities Act (1906).
The first director of the Museum of New Mexico, Hewett also led the School of American Archaeology (today known as the School for Advanced Research) and preserved New Mexican cultural patrimony. He used his political skills and stubbornness to centralize cultural preservation and promote and establish New Mexico as a hub for the “groundwork of American archeology”, one of Hewett’s first publications.
By making Hewett’s papers widely available, the New Mexico History Museum will enable researchers to engage with the history of Southwestern archaeology and the methods and systems Hewett built as he elevated American archaeology on the world stage.
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