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Thomas B. Catron Papers

Identifier: AC 037

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the professional papers of the Catron and Catron law firm, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the personal papers of the Catron family, 1883- 1917. The professional papers of the Catron and Catron firm include delinquent tax statements, debt collection papers, business correspondence, Reed Holloman correspondence, court cases, land grant materials, legal materials and office supplies correspondence and pension documents. Correspondence between Thomas B. Catron and the firm was handled by William A. Bayer, Catron's secretary, and is included. Court cases consist of copies of three proceedings pertaining to theft, promissory notes, and deeds, 1899-1909. Albert B. Fall was the trial lawyer in the 1899 court case. Books include: a calendar of court cases, 1883- 1893; a daybook of offices, minutes, committees, and resolutions for the Republican Central Committee, 1914, 1918; and a book of invoices, 1916. Land grant materials include documentation pertaining to various New Mexico land grants. Documentation on the Mora land grant is especially rich and contains litigation involving the Tularosa Community Ditch Corporation and the Tularosa Land and Cattle Company, 1913-1916. Also included is a map of the Nutrias Tract in the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant, 1913. Legal materials include documentation on: the New Mexico-Texas border, 1912 and 1916; Cliff Cities National Park on the Pajarito Plateau (which became Bandelier National Monument); Cochiti land claims; and Dr. David Knapp's role in the Zuni small pox epidemic, 1889-1902; and pensions. Catron family papers include, family correspondence, family bills, and miscellaneous political materials. Catron and Catron was a prominent law firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, established by Thomas B. Catron in the latter part of the nineteeth century. Charles C. Catron took over the leadership of the firm when his father, Thomas B. Catron, became a United State Senator. Two of Thomas B. Catron's relatives joined the firm: Frank Lavan (nephew) in 1912; and Fletcher A. Catron (youngest son) in 1914. Reed Hollman, a lawyer from Tucumacari, New Mexico, also joined the firm in 1914.


  • 1883-1930

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Personal History

Thomas B. Catron was born in 1840 and died in 1921. He was the head of the Catron law firm in Santa Fe, NM before he became U.S. Senator from 1912-1917.


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Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. Box 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
  6. Fax: (+)505.476.5093
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Guide to the Thomas B. Catron Papers, 1883-1930
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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090