Michael T. Kelly, director of the Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections, retires at the end of this month after eleven years with University Libraries and thirty years of professional experience in museums and universities. 

“My entire professional life has involved libraries and special collections. Every position I’ve held was exciting and
challenging, beginning in 1980 as the brand new librarian and curator at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center to the curator of the Wichita State University Special Collections and finally rounding out my career as the director of the Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections here at the UNM Libraries,” Kelly said.

Kelly contributed significantly to the legacy of the CSWR by acquiring many outstanding collections. A few of the collections he is most proud to have played a part in bringing to the CSWR include contemporary and historic photography collections from well-known artists Lee Marmon, Nancy Wood and Karl Moon. These three collection alone count for almost 100,000 images of New Mexico and
its people. 

He is also proud to have played a part in acquiring the papers of world-
famous New Mexico authors John Nichols and Tony Hillerman. Those two collections, when combined with the papers of author Rodolfo Anaya, have given Kelly the rare opportunity to get to know three of New Mexico’s great writers.

Kelly’s future plans include hunting and fishing, but he says he will miss the dedicated, imaginative and committed staff of the CSWR and the, “almost daily discovery of new things.”

While it is going to be difficult to say goodbye to a terrific leader and wonderful colleague, we wish Mike all the best in his next adventure.