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Jesusita Acosta Perrault Collection

Identifier: AC 508

Scope and Content

The collection contains personal and political correspondence, historical research notes, essays, religious and political ephemera, embroidery stencil sketches and samples. Collection also contains materials of her children and other family members.


  • 1853-1960
  • Majority of material found in 1910-1960

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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

Jesusita Acosta Perrault was born in Buenaventura, Chihuahua, Mexico on 23 January 1880. As an infant she moved with her parents to Silver City, New Mexico where she attended primary and secondary schools. After a brief marriage to Charles May and widowed the same year, she began a long teaching career in San Lorenzo and San Juan, New Mexico with stints in Chihuahua. In 1909 she married Edward Albert Perrault, a mining engineer, with whom she had four daughters (Mary Florence [Sierra], Mary Dolores [Montoya], Beatrice [Conrad, Sister of Charity], Olivia [Montgomery]). Better know as E.A. Perrault, she was elected on the Republican ticket as Secretary of State (1929 – 1931) and moved with her family to Santa Fe. After having served as Secretary of State, Ms. Perrault moved permanently to Taos. Ms. Perrault has held many other positions in the State, was heavily involved education, church events, politics, civic organizations, and taught classes in her long time hobby of Spanish Colonial embroidery. She also wrote for Spanish and English language newspapers in New Mexico and published New Mexico Geography for The American Book Company. Jesusita Perrault died at the age of 82 in 1962.


2.0 Linear Feet

Separated Material

Photographic material has been transferred to Photo Archives (HP2010.42).
Guide to the Jesusita Acosta Perrault Collection, 1853-1960
Edited Full Draft
© 2010
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • 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