Dr. Charles Evan Davies Collection
Dr. Charles Evan Davies
Charles Evan Davies, a resident of New Mexico for 50 years, graduated from Roswell High School and Kansas State University. He holds a Bachelor’s in Greek, a Master of Divinity from CDSP, Berkeley, California, and a Master’s and Doctorate in history from Oxford University, England.
After returning to Las Cruces, he became Historian/Archivist for the Episcopal Diocese of New Mexico and Southwest Texas in the early 1980’s and President of the Institute of Historical Survey Foundation (IHSF), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) archive, library and museum complex with multifaceted interests and disciplines.
During the 1990’s, Dr. Davies raised funds to construct a state-of-the-art facility in Mesilla Park, in which 50 staff members and volunteers process and restore all manner of paper, film and sound. The 10,000 square foot structure, complete with high security and climate control, houses extensive collections including more than two million photographic images, and 40,000 each of books and audio recordings from every continent.
Under Dr. Davies' editorship, the Institute publishes finding aids for ecclesiastical, genealogical and historical resources and numerous books on subjects of archival interests.