Preservation and Storage

In 1994, it was determined that the collections, notes and photographs from the Arroyo Hondo Pueblo project should be preserved. The preservation of the significant material culture collections from the site would greatly facilitate scholars’ access for future study of pre-contact culture in the northern Rio Grande valley in New Mexico. In order to do so in an optimal fashion, Dr. Schwartz consulted with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) about the possibilities of grant support for the construction of a dedicated facility to make them readily accessible to SAR as well as to outside researchers. A grant request for $153,723 was submitted to the NEH to construct a climate controlled repository to hold the 350,000 items excavated from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo and an adjacent laboratory for their study that would also hold all field notes, manuscripts and related materials. The documentation included over 25,000 photographs and 10,000 records. The grant was approved and received and the state-of-the-art facility was constructed. By 1996, all of the materials from the project had been put into the completed repository and laboratory and the facility began operations.

A grant program was established supporting outside researchers working with the Arroyo Hondo Pueblo collection in the repository. Advanced students or scholars interested in using the Arroyo Hondo Pueblo archeological collection as part of their own research may apply for grant support up to $2,000. This program enables scholars and students to build on the intensive research and publication previously conducted at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo.