For Immediate Release June 13, 2019

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe Indian School, and Private Collector Share Rare Indian School Yearbooks

Santa Fe, NM – They're so rare that even specialists in yearbooks have been unable to get their hands on them. Today, however, two rare collections of yearbooks and related ephemera from 1914-2017, showing student life at the Santa Fe Indian Industrial School, its successor the Santa Fe Indian School, and the Albuquerque Indian School are shared online with the public for a rare glimpse of the histories of government Indian Schools in New Mexico, and the transition of these schools to tribal community control. The host for these online collections is the Indigenous Digital Archive of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Indian School is sharing its collection of SFIS yearbooks and early newsletters, and UNM Distinguished Regents' Professor, Dr. Theodore Jojola (Laguna Pueblo), is sharing his collection of yearbooks and student literary works from the Albuquerque Indian School. Most of the content was created by students themselves. These collections add to an extensive study collection of US government records and documents of the early Indian boarding schools, 1880s-1930s, and Native rights to land and water, in an online platform called the Indigenous Digital Archive.

“These are an incredible resource for family and community history,” said Della Warrior, director of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, which hosts the online Indigenous Digital Archive project in partnership with the New Mexico State Library and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, an organization of all 19 Pueblos. “We feel honored to partner with the Santa Fe Indian School and with Professor Theodore Jojola to make these documents available online, enabling families to share them together in the comfort of their own homes, and really talk about them and share stories.”

“These documents are a valuable resource for looking at so many topics; for example, the changes or continuity in student activities and student curriculum over time; how the educational environment changed after passage of the national Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975; how student artists have been presented to outside audiences or supported in their work – there's a wealth of information there,” said SFIS librarian Jennifer Guerin.

The yearbooks and guides to the collections can be viewed by going to and selecting “Series.” Or pick “Schools” and the name of the school to see more documents of interest.

These collections were digitized and made accessible online by two grants from the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board as part of their program to improve preservation and access to historical records of New Mexico. These funds were made available through the New Mexico Legislature and the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC). The Indigenous Digital Archive has been made possible by additional grant funds from a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and a Knight Foundation Prototyping Grant.

Contact: Dr. Anna Naruta-Moya, Project Director