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Philip J. Rasch Collection

Identifier: AC 439

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the research material of historian and author Philip J. Rasch. It includes his many articles about New Mexican and southwestern gunslingers, lawmen, and outlaws. These articles were published in the English Westerners' Brand Book, Denver Westerners Monthly Roundup, Westerners New York Posse Brand Book, and the National Association and Center for Outlaw and Lawman History, among others. Associated research for the articles ranges from facsimilies of census, health department, criminal, political, and court records as well as transcriptions and copies of newspaper articles and telegrams from the late 19th century. In addition, the collection contains Rasch's extensive correspondence with researchers, editors, historical societies, and librarians.


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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

Biographical Information

Philip John Rasch was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1909, but he lived most of his life in California. After serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, Rasch completed B.A. and M.A. degrees in Physical Education, as well as a Ph.D. and M.Ed., all from the University of Southern California. He worked as a corrective physical therapist in California, and in North Carolina, he held the position of Chief of the Physiology Division of the Naval Medical Field Research Laboratory. He wrote several seminal athletic training books, many still in use today. When he retired from his North Carolina post in 1972, Rasch moved to San Pedro, California. Pursuing his interest in archaeology, he completed a B.A. degree in anthropology in 1977.

Throughout his career, Rasch researched and wrote papers about the frontier Southwest. He was especially well known for his scholarship of New Mexico's Lincoln County War, and was an international authority on Billy the Kid.

He died in Ojai, California, in 1995.


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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Philip J. Rasch starting in 1969. It was broken up and placed in verticle files. In 2007, it was reassembled into the present collection.
Guide to the Philip J. Rasch Collection
Edited Full Draft
Susanne Ristow
© 2008
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Finding aid is in English

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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