Joe Sabatini

Joe Sabatini - Albuquerque Historical SocietyAlbuquerque Historical Society Speakers Bureau

Joe Sabatini was born in the Bronx, but doesn’t admit to it because his family moved to Los Angeles following World War II. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Library Science from U.C.L.A in 1965. He came to New Mexico as a VISTA Volunteer working in Sandoval County. Following 5 years at the U.N.M. School of Law Library, he joined the Albuquerque Public Library in 1973 as Head of Reference. He served as Main Library Manager from 1980 to July of 2000, when he became the library manager at Special Collections, the regional history and genealogy branch. Following his retirement in December 2008, he volunteers in the Archives/Library of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and is active in the Near North Valley Neighborhood Association.

Speaking Topics

  • Christmas Revels: the 1919 New Mexico Mounted Police Raid on Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Olla Bearers and Indian Detours: New Mexico Indians as Tourist Attractions