Gov. Bruce King Reading Room Nears Completion
Before Bruce King turned out the lights in the governor’s office one last time after his third and final term as governor in 1994, he and his wife, Alice, cleaned out their desks. Official docu- ments went to the state archives, but their personal papers, cor- respondences, plaques and cam- paign memorabilia went into boxes, 300 of them, that they stacked inside their garage at home on their ranch in Stanley. A few years ago, the former
governor, who also served six years as speaker of the state House of Representatives, fig- ured it was time to see what was in all of those boxes. He decided to donate them to the UNM School of Law, from which his son Gary earned a J.D. in 1983. “I also thought the collection would be accessible at the law school for people wanting to do research,” says King. To properly honor the governor who helped shape the modern-day state of New Mexico and to
Former Gov. Bruce King and his wife, Alice, delight in items from their past at the UNM Political Archives.
make it easier for King researchers, Carol Parker, director of the Law Library, proposed turning a centrally located, second-floor copy room inside the library into the Gov. Bruce King Reading Room. The 1,000-square-foot space will reflect the former governor’s ranching roots, with a wagon-wheel- shaped ceiling design. Furniture from his political career in New Mexico will center the room and memorabilia will fill display cases. The law school plans to host lectures in the room and groups also will be able to reserve it for meetings. Staff at the UNM Political Archives have been sorting through the boxes since last summer, un-
covering some 900,000 items. Among their finds: a copy of the governor’s 1979 inaugu- ration speech, campaign posters and buttons, meeting agendas, appointment sheets, Alice’s personal stationery when she served as chair of the New Mexico Committee for the Inter- national Year of the Child, thank you notes and a 1982 yearbook of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which recorded a visit by the gov- ernor that year. Once the King collection has been processed and organized, an online index will be created and its contents will be available for research. The collection will be housed in a separate 500-square-foot, climate-controlled room inside the Law Library. “It is an honor to have Gov. King’s collection in the Law Library and to be able to make this collec-
Dedication of the Gov. Bruce King Reading Room
When: April 6, 2006 Time: 4 - 6 p.m. Where: UNM Law Library Who: The public is welcome
tion available to researchers,” says Parker. “The Gov. Bruce King Reading Room will be a wonderful addition to the law school and we hope the public will spend time there.” The reading room is scheduled to be dedicated on April 6, King’s 82nd birthday.
Corrections and Additions
In the listing of Honors and Awards for the Class of 2005 in the Autumn Issue of UNM LAW, the LexisNexis Award for the top three students of the Class of 2005 was out of order. The correct order is: Martha Mulvany, first; Jar- ed Slade, second; Josh Ewing, third.
An article about the Alumni Summer Golf Classic failed to mention the first-place team, whose members were: Ranne Mill- er (`67), Brad Tepper (`73), Steve Vidmar and Ritchy Vidmar.
We regret the errors and omissions.
Upcoming Events March 3
Excellence in Jurisprudence Banquet The New Mexico Law Review’s annual awards banquet 6 p.m. no-host cocktails 7 p.m. dinner and awards Susan Tackman, 277-4910
Minority Mentorship Mixer Minority high school and college students visit the law school. 2-6 p.m.
UNM School of Law Forum Denise Chanez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fighting for Justice Banquet MALSA presents its 11th annual awards banquet.
6 p.m. cocktail reception 7 p.m. dinner Sandia Resort Denise Chanez, email@example.com
Dedication, Gov. Bruce King Reading Room 4-6 p.m.
UNM School of Law Forum Carmen Rawls, 277-8184
NALSA/Indian Alumni Event Details to be announced. Mitzi Vigil, 277-0405
A symposium titled, “Cohen’s Hand- book: Treatise or Brief?” on the Felix Cohen Handbook of Federal Law. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
UNM School of Law Forum Mitzi Vigil, 277-0405
Symposium on understanding the law, history and management of the Rio Grande reservoirs. Sponsored by the Natural Resources Journal and Utton Transboundary Resources Center. 9 a.m.
UNM School of Law Susan Kelly, 277-0514
For a more up-to-date list of events, visit lawschool.unm.edu
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