Highlights From "A Life of Service: The Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection, 1905-2007"

National Hispanic Cultural Center

The Mari-Luci Jaramillo Collection provides an unparalleled look at a life dedicated to and distinguished by service to community, state, and the nation. A native New Mexican and daughter of laborers, Mari-Luci Jaramillo grew from a studious child in La Vegas, NM to become a teacher, a leader in education reform, a national advocate for civil rights, and the first Latina Ambassador of the United States to Honduras.

Family Life

The Ruizes were Mari-Luci Jaramillo's biological grandparents. However, as her mother Elvira was raised by Juanita and Silviano Tafoya, she considered them her grandparents as well. Juanita Tafoya and Leonides Ruiz were sisters. In this photo is Leonides Gallegos Ruiz and Sanjil Ruiz, with an unidentified Ruiz child.

Maurilio Antuna's relatives, unidentified except for a dedication on the reverse: Your loving mother, Eduarda Antuna.

Three of the Ruiz sisters. Left to right: Helen Ruiz Baca, Elvira Ruiz Antuna, and Mary Ruiz Trujillo.


Mari-Luci Antuna's portrait from her graduation at New Mexico Highlands University High School.

Graduates of the 1964 University of California, LA Summer Seminar for Teachers of English as a Second Language. Mari-Luci Ulibarri is in the third row near center.

Daily Lobo Newspaper Article Announcing Mari-Luci Jaramillo as the Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of New Mexico

Life as an Ambassador

Photograph of Mari-Luci Jaramillo Taking the Oath of Office as Ambassador to Honduras, U.S., Department of State.

Photographs of the United States Ambassadorial Residence in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Ambassador Mari-Luci Jaramillo with Members of the Club Sen Folklore Group After Their Performance in Her Honor.

Certificate of Recognition from the Federación Sindical de Trabajadores de Nacionales de Honduras (FESITRANH) presented to Ambassador Mari-Luci Jaramillo. The certificate was presented to the Ambassador for her empathy with the workers of Honduras.

Artist César Ordóñez presenting Mari-Luci her portrait as a farewell gift at the American Embassy in Honduras

This archival collection, that reflects the central beliefs of Mari-Luci Jaramillo’s life and career: family and community, pride of heritage, and that service to others, is available for viewing at the National Hispanic Cultural Center History and Literary Arts Building in Albuquerque, N.M.
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