Russell’s University of New Mexico BA

In Jim’s information regarding his education, he always referred to his 1936 BA from the University of New Mexico.  During our recent trip to Kewanna additional information was uncovered.  Jim’s BA was conferred in June of 1937, but he had completed his studies by the end of the summer session of 1936.  In fact he had a letter drafted by the University of New Mexico to state that he had completed all requirements for his degree.  So this explains the 1936 date that Jim always referenced.

And, Jim never mentioned his major in any information that he published or wrote.  We now know, thanks to the aforementioned letter, that Jim majored in English and minored in Art.

Shown below is his diploma and the letter from the University.

University of New Mexico Diploma

University of New Mexico Diploma, Collection of Wade Bussert

Letter detailing Jim's completion of BA requirements

Letter detailing Jim’s completion of BA requirements, Collection of Wade Bussert

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