New Mexico New Deal Sites November 2018 - Photo #164 - University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Photo: 11 November 2018
University of New Mexico entrance on Lomas Boulevard in Albuquerque. The campus houses eight New Deal buildings.

"[B]uildings on UNM funded by the Public Works Administration (PWA), [include] Scholes Hall and Zimmerman Library. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worked on landscaping and planting projects and built walkways and irrigation systems and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) funded craftspeople and vocational students to make furnishings for campus buildings. Money from the National Youth Administration (NYA) helped hire student workers for on-campus jobs and federal art projects hired painters and sculptors to create art works for campus."[1]

"After the stock market crash of 1929, public funds distributed through New Deal programs such the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Public Works Administration (PWA) flowed into New Mexico. In Albuquerque one of the primary beneficiaries of federal money was the University of New Mexico. UNM President James F. Zimmerman successfully applied for PWA funds and organized construction of a core set of buildings on the campus [Scholes Hall, Zimmerman Library, Anthropology (formerly Student Union), Naval Sciences (originally a men's dormitory), Bandelier Hall-West, Marron Hall-East, the heating plant, and a state health laboratory (now the Anthropology Annex)."[2]

  1. A New Deal at UNM: federal funding transformation of the 1930s, UNM Library website, page dated 4 April 2017; accessed 28 November 2018.
  2. Zimmerman@75, University of Mexico Library phamphlet.
  3. Albuquerque 1925-1944, New Mexico History website, accessed 28 November 2018: "With Public Works Administration (PWA) funding, the UNM campus was expanded and enrollment increased over the 1930s from 400 to 2,200 students."