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William G. Ritch Collection

Identifier: AC 403

Scope and Content

The collection consists of William G. Ritch's personal correspondence, correspondence while serving as Secretary of the New Mexico Territory, financial and legal records of the Ritch family, the Ritch Cattle Company records, research notes on various topic, and land dealings with the Bureau of Land Management.


  • 1875-1952

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

William Gillet Ritch (1830-1904) was born in New York. In 1851 he was appointed deputy clerk of Ulster County, New York, and served in public office for the following fifty years, thirteen of those as Secretary of New Mexico Territory. He was appointed Secretary in 1873. During this period, he also served periodically as acting governor. While Secretary he created the official state motto "Crescit Eundo" ("It grows as it goes"). He was a life member of the Historical Society of New Mexico and served as its president in 1881. He was appointed regent of the New Mexico Normal School (New Mexico Highlands University) in 1894 and continued as regent until his death in 1904. His career included journalism and law.


3.75 Linear Feet

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Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. P.O. Box 2087
  3. The Palace of the Governors
  4. Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087
  5. Phone: 505-476-5090
  6. Fax: (505) 476.51043
  7. Email:
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Inventory of the William G. Ritch Collection, 1875-1952
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Processed by Kathryn Robens
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Finding aid is in English

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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

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