WASHINGTON – Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced Monday that he has donated his trove of political papers and memorabilia to the University of Texas and explained why he didn’t give the collection to the University of New Mexico.
“They didn’t ask,” Richardson said in a telephone interview with the Journal after Monday’s announcement in Austin, Texas. “After I left the governorship, there were three entities that approached me, and the University of New Mexico wasn’t one of them.”
Richardson said he did not intend disrespect for New Mexico’s flagship university, although comments on New Mexico-based social media sites ranged from dismay to disgust about his decision. A UNM spokeswoman confirmed that the university never sought out Richardson’s papers.
“The University of New Mexico has never pursued those particular papers, and Gov. Richardson never contacted UNM to discuss leaving them to the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections,” said UNM spokeswoman Cinnamon Blair.
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