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Current Issue: January 21, 2003
Volume 38, Number 12

Wilson designates Political Archives repository of record

By Carolyn Gonzales

President F. Chris Garcia, Congresswoman Heather Wilson and Rose Diaz of Political Archives sign repository documents. Photo by Carolyn Gonzales.Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM) recently toured the UNM Political Archives where her archival papers will be housed.

“We are pleased to announce that Representative Heather Wilson has chosen the UNM Political Archives as her repository of record,” UNM President F. Chris Garcia said.

“We look forward to working with Congresswoman Wilson and her staff in the years to come as the Political Archives grow in strength and research potential in fields of legislative and public policy issues,” said Rose Díaz, research historian for the UNM General Library.

At the close of the tour Wilson signed documents designating UNM Political Archives as the repository of her archive.

“New Mexico has only elected two women to Congress out of a total 185 individuals who have served,” Díaz said.

Georgia Lusk was the first, elected to a two-year term in 1947-1948. She also continued in service to the federal government on the War Claims Commission. Her archival papers, part of the collection, are unique in federal government service.

To Díaz and the staff of the UNM Political Archives Wilson said, “I envy you the opportunity to work with original historical documents. It must be incredible to read through the original Watergate materials.” The Watergate files are part of United States Senator Joseph M. Montoya’s archive.

Wilson, a Rhodes Scholar, earned both a master’s and Ph.D. in philosophy at Oxford University. She served in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years before becoming cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. She was director for European Defense Policy and Arms Control, National Security Council, from 1989-1991.

Wilson was first elected to Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy from the death of Rep. Steven Schiff (whose collection is also a part of UNM Political Archives). Wilson was the first woman veteran in the nation’s history to serve in Congress. She also became the first woman from New Mexico to serve more than one term in Congress. She has been reelected twice.