Preserving School of Law History Before it’s too Late

David Myers

When David Myers became the UNM School of Law’s first archivist a year ago, he found a woeful lack of historical documents, faculty papers and memorabilia. In addition to processing the papers and collections the school does house, he has embarked upon a mission to create a repository to preserve the school’s history.

First off, he hired Ruth Singer to begin sleuthing for all manner of memorabilia.

“We are looking for old photos, letters, articles, newsletters, any kind of School of Law publication, or information on the early faculty,” says Singer. “We have huge holes in what we are finding and are close to losing a sense of the early days of the school.”

But things are trickling in: “Every now and then, someone finds a box in their basement and we go and check it out,” she says.

As they uncover items, Singer works to identify people in photos and organizes everything.

“Our goal is to make available these archived items to anyone researching the school’s history or interested in historical information,” says Myers. “We want this to be the place where we can tell the tale why the law school is so important to UNM and the state.”

Already, Singer has organized the papers of former UNM law professor Al Utton and has sorted for future processing the papers of former professors Jerry Walden and Henry Weihofen. The UNM Law Library also houses the Bruce and Alice King collection of personal papers and the Mack Easley collection. Myers is gathering oral histories on influential New Mexico and law school leaders who have played major roles in the state’s political and public policy.

He encourages anyone with any sort of School of Law-related item to contact him.

“When in doubt, give us a call,” says Myers.

He can be reached at 505.277.6796 or .