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- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Taos Blue Lake Collection
- Public Policy Papers
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- 1947-1972 (mostly 1954-1970)
- 24 boxes
- Storage Note:
- Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-24
Taos Pueblo lost thousands of acres of land as well as Taos Lake, a sacred Pueblo shrine, when Carson National Forest was created in 1906. After a sixty-four year fight, the government returned the land to the Pueblo. This collection brings together four discrete collections: the papers of Barbara Greene Kilberg, a White House Presidential Fellow at the time of the dispute; the papers of Corinne Locker, secretary to Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) president Oliver LaFarge (1901-1963) and later AAIA Southwest Field Secretary; the papers of Rufus G. Poole, regional attorney for the AAIA in New Mexico, and the papers of William G. Schaab, an Albuquerque attorney who became involved in the fight in 1967.
Collection Description & Creator Information
Contains correspondence, memoranda, news releases, ledgers, and copies of bills and hearings documenting part of a land title dispute between the Taos Indians of New Mexico and the federal government. The Barbara Greene Kilberg Collection of White House Papers documents Kilberg's lobbying of the Nixon administration on behalf of the Pueblo and her efforts to end the strong opposition of New Mexico Senator Clinton P. Anderson. Her papers include correspondence between White House administration and staff and the White House and members of Congress. The Corinne Locker Papers document her tenure in the AAIA with regard to the Blue Lake Case and the founding of the National Committee for Restoration of the Blue Lake Lands. Her papers contain a significant amount of correspondence regarding proposed Blue Lake Legislation as well as papers of the National Council of Churches, which replaced the AAIA as Taos Pueblo's Eastern representative. The Rufus G. Poole Papers include correspondence concerning his role as special attorney to the Pueblo and also document the founding of the National Committee for Restoration of the Blue Lake Lands. Significant correspondents include the Taos Pueblo Council and the Indian Claims Commission. The William C. Schaab Papers document the history of the dispute, particularly in relation to Senator Clinton Anderson, and contain publicity, records of congressional hearings, and correspondence with almost every principal individual involved in the case. Two boxes of miscellaneous photocopied material (bulk 1970-1972) include correspondence, legislative material, memoranda, reports, press releases, and articles.
This unprocessed collection is arranged alphabetically by individual's last name, and then loosely arranged by topic therein.
Available information indicates that the bulk of this material was acquired as a transfer from the library, where they were part of Alfred Bush's Western Americana holdings.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No information about appraisal is available for this collection.
- Processing Information:
This collection is an amalgamation of four smaller unprocessed collections all pertaining to the Taos Blue Lake land dispute. There was no further processing of the material after their transfer to Mudd Library. The contents list was created in Archivists' Toolkit and provides a preliminary inventory.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to Princeton University and researchers are free to move forward with use of materials without anything further from Mudd Library. For materials not created by the donor, where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. In these instances, researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.
- Credit this material:
Taos Blue Lake Collection; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA(609) 258-6345
- Subject Terms:
- Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- History -- 20th century.
Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Land tenure -- 20th century.
Indians, Treatment of -- New Mexico -- 20th century.
Legal assistance to Indians -- New Mexico -- 20th century.
Lobbyists -- United States -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Pueblos -- New Mexico -- Blue Lake -- 20th century.
Taos Indians -- Government relations -- 1934-
Taos Indians -- Land transfers -- 20th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Association on American Indian Affairs
United States. Indian Claims Commission
Taos Pueblo Council
- Blue Lake (N.M.) -- Claims -- 20th century.
Blue Lake (N.M.) -- History, Local -- 20th century.
Taos Pueblo (N.M.) -- Boundaries -- 20th century.