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W.W.H. Davis Collection

Identifier: AC 059

Scope and Content

Collection consists of handwritten manuscripts of "El Gringo" and "The Spanish Conquest of New Mexico," a handwritten transcript of Don Antonio de Otermín's journal of 1681 to 1692, and three 1904 letters from Davis to L. Bradford Prince concerning the donation of these materials to the Historical Society of New Mexico. The Otermín journal was copied from the original during Davis's tenure as Secretary of New Mexico, and includes descriptions of the Pueblo revolt of 1680 and attempts by the Spanish to reconquer New Mexico.


  • 1681-1904


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Copy Restrictions

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

Personal History

Davis was Secretary of the Territory of New Mexico from 1853 to 1854. He also wrote two books on New Mexico: "El Gringo" and "The Spainish Conquest of New Mexico." After he left the territory he became involved with the Pennsylvania Historical Society and other historical societies.


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The manuscripts included in this collection were donated by Davis to the New Mexico Historical Society in 1881 and 1904. The Otermín journal was copied from the original during Davis's stay in New Mexico and later published in Hackett's Pueblo Revolt.


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 W.W.H. Davis Collection, 1681-1904
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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