The Latin American and Iberian Institute and the University Libraries Inter-American Studies Program invite you to a presentation by Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar Gary Van Valen on Wednesday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m. in the Herzstein Latin American Reading Room, on the second floor of Zimmerman Library.

Van Valen will speak on his research project, "When the Pueblos were not Indians." The research looks at the history of the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico during the period of late Spanish and Mexican rule from 1814 to 1846. Van Valen examines documents from the Spanish Archives of New Mexico and the Mexican Archives of New Mexico which are microfilmed and held in the UNM's Center for Southwest Research.

Van Valen is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of West Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in Colonial and Modern Latin American History from the University of New Mexico. He is the first of three scholars at UNM this summer supported by the Richard E. Greenleaf Visiting Library Scholar grant. The grants provide faculty and graduate students who specialize in Latin America the opportunity to work with one of the largest and most complete Latin American collections in the United States.

A reception will follow the presentation.

Media contact: Carolyn Gonzales, 277-5920,