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Gov. Bruce King Archives

Former New Mexico Gov. Bruce King donated his personal papers to the UNM School of Law in 2001 to establish an archive for the use of researchers interested in public policy and New Mexico governmental issues and history. King's political career began when he was elected to a seat on the Santa Fe County Commission at the age of 29. Five years later, in 1959, he was elected to the New Mexico House of Representatives, where he served five consecutive terms--three in the top position of Speaker. King served as the State Democratic Chairman from 1968-1969, and as president of the State Constitutional Convention that was held in 1969. In 1970, he ran for governor and won. When he cleaned out his desk for the final time in 1994, he held the distinction of being the first person to serve the state as governor for three four-year terms. King left behind a legacy that will be hard to match. Using a congenial problem-solving style during his 40-year political career, he helped make New Mexico what it is today--a dynamic and thriving state. The collection is available to researchers by appointment, Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm. The collection consists of more than 900,000 items, including nearly 2,000 photographs. An online index of the documents is available through the Rocky Mountain Online Archive. To make an appointment to access items in the collection, please call the Law Library Reference Desk at 505-277-0935. The Gov. Bruce King Reading Room is also available for researchers and special events. For Reading Room access, please contact the Law Library Administrative Assistant at 505-277-0089.