Graduate Fellows at the College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences work alongside full-time staff at the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections each year to process some of the special collections. That involves sorting and organizing, creating inventories and making decisions about what can be digitized.

Inventories and descriptions of a collection are posted in the Rocky Mountain Online Archive ( and digitized items are posted in New Mexico Digital Collections

In order to recognize this important work by students, University Libraries hosts a Colloquium showcasing the work and invites member of the public to learn more about the amazing collections housed at The University of New Mexico. 

The public and the UNM community are invited to hear the adventures of the graduate fellows and what they’ve learned.  

Tuesday April 26, 2016
Zimmerman Library - Frank Waters Room 105, 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Fostering Connectivity: Bridging the Gap between Spaces, Special Music Collections, Social Media and Interdisciplinary Research, Learning and Performing
Estefania Cuevas Wilcox, Latin American/Music Collections Fellow

Estefanía Cuevas Wilcox serves as the Latin American Music Fellow at the Center for Southwest Research. She holds a B.A. in Music and is a Master's candidate in both Vocal Performance and Musicology. A Colombian native, Wilcox's scholarly research focuses on nineteenth-century Colombian opera and music made popular in Mexico during the twentieth century. She has been an active performer in the community through Opera Southwest's community outreach library previews and the New Mexico Philharmonic's revival of Manuel Areu's zarzuela Un Conato de Coburgo.

"El Oro del Barrio" in the Archives of Tomás Atencio y La Academia de La Nueva Raza: Activism, Education, and Resistance
Claudia Mitchell, Academia de la Nueva Raza Interviews/Jenny Vincent Folk Songs Digitization Fellow

Claudia Avila-Mitchell holds a B.A. in Chicana & Chicano Studies. She is currently completing her M.A. degree program in American Studies. While exploring the recordings – las platicas, informed by Latin American de-colonial methodologies, she expanded her scholarship and transformed her understandings of archival and historical narratives and their significance, influence, and contributions of Nuevomexicano/a Chicano scholarly activism. In addition, this project significantly impacted her scholarship and will be the major focus of her M.A. thesis; she will be presenting portions of this work at the 2016 National Association of Chicana & Chicano Studies as well as the 2016 American Studies Association.

Space, Language, and the Civil War: The William G. Ritch Papers as New Mexico's Counter Narrative
Margie Montanez, New Mexico Document Heritage Ritch Fellow

Margie Montañez, the New Mexico Document Heritage Fellow, holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in American Studies. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of American Studies with a concentration in Chicano/a Literature and Cultural Studies, Popular Culture, and Critical Regionalism. As a research fellow Margie was able to examine the different ways New Mexico participated in national and regional negotiations regarding politics, race and class.  

Understanding David Brugge: A Closer Look into Consciousness and Ally-ship with Navajo Nation
Keioshiah Peter, Archeological Collections Fellow

Keioshiah Peter, the Archeological Collections Fellow, holds a B.A. in Native American Studies and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of New Mexico. He is currently working toward his master’s degree in American Studies. In the decolonial engagement with the David M. Brugge Papers and the Louise Lamphere Papers, he has expanded his own understanding and exploration of the positionality of the two authors within Dinétah. Keioshiah’s project looks to explore the role of allies on Navajo Nation. 

Wednesday April 27, 2016
Zimmerman Library - Frank Waters Room 105, 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Expressions of Mestiza/o Identity within the Archives of the Center for Southwest Research
Dina Barajas, Clinton P. Anderson Fellow

Dina Barajas, the Clinton P. Anderson Research Fellow, holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies; an M.A. in American Indian and Mexican American Studies; and is currently working on her doctorate in American Studies, where she also teaches the undergraduate course “Race, Class, and Ethnicity.” Her dissertation research focuses on the ways in which mestizas negotiate their identity through the ritual performances of danza and curanderismo within a Mesoamerican kalpulli community.”

Cultural Perceptions of New Mexico: the Monumental Effect of Industry on the Land in the New Mexico Locales Photograph Collection
Chloe Courtney, Pictorial Fellow

Chloë Courtney, the Pictorial Collections Fellow, holds a B.A. in Art History and a B.A. in English Literature. She is a first-year graduate student working toward an M.A. in Art History, with a concentration in Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art. In her work processing and digitizing collections concerned with the history of New Mexico, Chloë learned about how New Mexico and the American Southwest fit into broader narratives of American westward expansion and development, specifically concerning New Mexico’s land and natural resources.

Roadside Signs along Route 66 in Albuquerque: Shapes and Symbols
Donatella Davanzo, New Mexico Route 66 Fellow

Donatella Davanzo, the NM Route 66 Photographic Survey Fellow, holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in American Studies. While exploring Route 66 buildings using visual methodology, she expanded her historical, cultural and architectural knowledge of the Albuquerque area. In addition, the project permitted her to investigate the concept of spatiality in this urban context.

Unlock our Voices: Third Space Archives Making Meaning of Oaxaca Street Art through Spectacle Pedagogy in the Land of Enchantment
Maria Eugenia Lopez, Chicana/Chicano Fellow

Maria Eugenia López, the Chicana/Chicano Fellow, holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science, and a Master’s degree in History. Lopez is currently working on her doctorate in American Studies. By developing the Chicana/Chicano Studies research library guide, and documenting and archiving the community responses from the exhibit Getting Up Pa’l Pueblo: Tagging ASAR-Oaxaca Prints and Stencils, she expanded her knowledge and appreciation on the pedagogical and research potential of archival collections as social objects. Moreover, these projects enabled her to analyze the challenges and politics of building decolonizing museum and library practices.