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John Gaw Meem came to Santa Fe’s Sunmount Sanitorium in 1920 to recover from tuberculosis. While a patient he began to study architecture and became active in preservation efforts. In 1924 he began his architectural practice and designed many important buildings, including the Laboratory of Anthropology.

Faith Meem became a member of the Indian Arts Fund Board in 1935, John Gaw Meem was elected to the IAF Board in 1941. Both were active with the Laboratory of Anthropology, Inc. and their interests and involvement with these organizations were important in the decisions made in separating the SAR and Laboratory of Anthropology, Inc. from the Museum of New Mexico as well as adding the Indian Arts Fund collections to SAR.

John Gaw Meem was elected to the SAR Board of Managers in 1949, serving on the executive committee from 1954 until his death in 1983—as vice-chairman from 1959 to 1963 and as chairman from 1963 to 1965. These papers reflect his active involvement with the operation of SAR, including selection and hiring of presidents and relations and negotiations with the Museum of New Mexico.

Cite as: John Gaw Meem Papers, AC23, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM.

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