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John A. Clark Papers

Identifier: AC 044

Scope and Content

Collection consists of 25 journals (1861-1868) kept by John A. Clark, Surveyor of the Territory of New Mexico, a typescript of the journals, and a Confederate Army broadside from 1862. The 25 journals contain 1,943 handwritten diary pages, 48 hand drawn maps, about 50 pages, notes, expenses, lists of distances and miscellaneous sketches. Kitty Shishkin has done the typescript copy of the journals.

The journals give detailed daily accounts of the writer's official and personal experiences in New Mexico and Arizona, and in stagecoach strips across plains to Santa Fe, from December 9, 1861, to August 28, 1868 (with three short breaks in sequence while writer was absent from area on leave).

Also within the journals is a map and detailed report on the Battle of Valverde between Union and Confederate troops. The Confederate Army broadside is entitled "General Order #4, ordered by Lieut. Col. W.R. Scurry" and congratulates Confederate soldiers on their "victory" at the Battle of Glorieta Pass on the previous day.


  • 1861-1868

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Copy Restrictions

Duplication allowed for research purposes. User responsible for all copyright compliance.

Personal History

Clark was Surveyor General of the Territory of New mexico from 1861 to 1868. Robert Clark donated his grandfather's journals to the Fray Ang?lico Ch?vez History Library in August, 1966.


1.75 Linear Feet

Separated Material

Two photographs (one of John A. Clark and one of Clark with his staff) have been transferred to the Photo Archives.


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
  7. Email:
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Guide to the John A. Clark Papers, 1861-1868
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Finding aid is in English

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  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//Museum of New Mexico::Fray Angelico Chavez History Library//TEXT (US::NmSM::AC 044::John A. Clark Papers)//EN" "nmsm1ac044.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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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