Biography and History

Alfonso Ortiz was born in San Juan Pueblo in New Mexico. Fluent in Tewa, Ortiz studied sociology at the University of New Mexico and anthropology at the University of Chicago, earning his Ph.D. in 1967. Ortiz's anthropological work was concerned primarily with the history and culture of the American Indians of the southwest.

Source: From the finding aid for WC017

Biography and History

Alfonso Ortiz (1939-1997) was an American Pueblo Indian and anthropologist.

Source: From the finding aid for WC126

  • Association on American Indian Affairs Records. 1851-2016 (inclusive), 1922-1995 (bulk).

    Call Number: MC147

    The Records of the Association on American Indian Affairs document the corporate life of an influential and resilient player in the history of twentieth-century Native American advocacy. From its formation by non-Indians in New York in 1922 to its re-establishment in South Dakota in 1995 under a wholly Indian administration, the AAIA has defended the rights and promoted the welfare of Native Americans and, in this process, has shaped the views of their fellow citizens. The AAIA has waged innumerable battles over the years, touching on the material and spiritual well-being of Indians in every state of the Union: from the right of Native Americans to control their resources to their right to worship freely; from their right to federal trusteeship to their right to self-determination. The evolving nature of this struggle, in terms of conception and execution; the environment in which it was waged, both within and without the AAIA; the parade of men and women who figured in it; and the relationships among them can all be found in the abundant and insightful records which constitute these Records. The correspondence, minutes, reports, articles, clippings, and other documents in the collection, augmented by photographic and audiovisual material, represent a window not only on the AAIA but on the entities and personalities with which it interacted. While its vision has co-existed with others, and while it has been far from alone in its contribution to Indian life, no consideration of twentieth-century Native American affairs can disregard its arduous and, for the most part, fruitful work.

  • Alfonso Ortiz Collection of Native American Oral Literature. 1959-1965 (inclusive).

    Call Number: WC017

    Consists of phonotapes of approximately fifty-five hours duration made primarily at San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, by anthropologist Alfonso Ortiz to help preserve the language and the culture, and to perpetuate the oral tradition, of the Tewa-speaking Pueblo.

  • Alfonso Ortiz Papers. 1926-1993 (inclusive), 1960s-1980s (bulk).

    Call Number: WC126

    Consists of personal, professional, and academic papers of the Pueblo anthropologist Alfonso Ortiz (1939-1997), including correspondence, working files, and materials related to the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA).