Santa Fe, NM--March 12, 2010--State Records Administrator Sandra Jaramillo has announced the selection of Rick Hendricks, Ph.D., as the new State Historian. Dr. Hendricks will join the staff of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives on Monday, March 22, 2010.
Dr. Hendricks attended the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain, and received his B.A. in Latin American History from the University of North Carolina in 1977. He earned his Ph.D. in Ibero-American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 1985. He is a former editor of the Vargas Project at the University of New Mexico and is currently employed in the Archives and Special Collections Department at New Mexico State University (NMSU) Library. He also teaches Latin American History in the History Department at NMSU. At NMSU he worked on the microfilm projects of the Archivos del Arzobispado de Durango and the Archivos Históricos de Sombrerete and edited the guides to those collections. He has written or collaborated on more than 16 books and 70 articles on the Spanish colonial period in the American Southwest and Mexico. His most recent book, New Mexico in 1801: The Priests Report, was published in June 2008 by Rio Grande Books. He is currently writing biographies of Mesilla Valley pioneer Thomas Casad and Spanish-Mexican patriot Father Antonio Severo Borrajo.
Dr. Hendricks, commenting on his selection, stated, "I have been privileged to know all of the New Mexico State historians and consider it an honor to now be among their company. I have also been fortunate to live in Albuquerque and Las Cruces and work at two of our state's outstanding institutions, the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. I am looking forward to working in Santa Fe at another of the state's most important institutions, the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives."
The State Historian serves as New Mexico state government's primary authority on New Mexico history and is director of the Office of the State Historian, a division within the State Records Center and Archives. The overall purpose of the Division is to promote an understanding and appreciation of New Mexico history. It provides consultation and research assistance to state agencies, scholars, elected officials and the public. The State Historian also sits as a statutory member of the Cultural Properties Review Committee, the primary function of which is to review proposals for the preservation of cultural properties throughout New Mexico.