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In early January, David Myers moved into an upstairs office in the UNM Law Library, from where he now watches over the library's growing archives, anchored by the personal papers of former Gov. Bruce and Alice King from the governor's three administrations.
In addition to the King papers, the library houses the papers of Al Utton, a UNM law professor who left behind a legacy of work in international transboundary natural resources issues (Utton Center) when he died in 1998, and Professor Jim Ellis, who has distinguished himself in the field of mental disabilities law. The library also houses papers of Mack Easley, a former chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
The King papers are indexed online and are accessible to scholars and researchers in the King Reading Room, located inside the law library. Myers is working on compiling the other collections to prepare them for public access, as well. He also looks forward to organizing transcripts from an oral history project conducted by the New Mexico Women's Bar Association that celebrates the state's influential women lawyers.
Myers also serves as the UNM Law Library's liaison to the Desert States Law Library Consortium, which includes 10 law libraries working to establish a complete primary print collection of the legal materials published in the territorial and statehood eras for all of the desert states. The UNM Law Library is the repository for New Mexico.
"As a historian, I cannot overstate how important this unique collection is for legal scholars, historians and political scientists," says Myers. "It also provides an essential service for the state of New Mexico."
Myers brings nearly 30 years of archiving knowledge to the law library, including as a research specialist at the Library of Congress. He has served as library director of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, associate dean of libraries and interim dean of libraries at New Mexico State University. Prior to joining the UNM Law Library staff, he was director of libraries and a professor of history and Southwest studies at the College of Santa Fe.
“The UNM Law Library is extremely fortunate to have hired David to oversee the library’s growing archival collections, given his distinguished background; he is a welcome addition to the law school community,” says Library Director Carol Parker.
"With both bachelor's and master's degrees in history and work toward a Ph.D. in history, I like the historical aspect of collecting papers about people and organizations," he says. "Carol has a great vision for the law library and I look forward to building this job."
Myers plays golf and harbors a personal interest in New Mexico political history from the 1950s and 1960s.