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Martha Ellis Collection

Identifier: AC 635

Scope and Content

The collection contains letters from previous employees and visitors to the Bell Ranch. Additional files contain galley proofs, notes, artist and publisher letters concerning books about the history of the Bell Ranch and its neighboring areas written by Martha, aka Mattie, Ellis, George Ellis [husband], and Eugene Price [father]. Two folders concern the establishment and cancellation of the Bell Ranch Post Office.


  • 1907-1970

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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

Martha Downer [Price] Ellis was born 15 June 1901 and died 6 December 1998. Her husband George Ellis managed the Bell Ranch from 1947-1970. Martha Ellis, aka Mattie Ellis, wrote two books of poetry and four books on the history of the Bell Ranch. Martha's father Eugene H. Price was an "Open Range" rancher in West Texas/New Mexico at the turn of the 19th century.


1 Linear Feet

Related Material

Martha Downer Ellis. Bell Ranch Sketches. 1964. 978.01 E47

Martha Downer Ellis. Bell Ranch Recollections. 1965. 978.01 E47b

Martha Downer Ellis. Bell Ranch Glimpses. 1980.

Martha Downer Ellis. Bell Ranch Recollections and Memories. 1985. 636.01 Ell

May Price Mosley. Little Texas Beginnings in Southeastern New Mexico. 1973. 917.8933 M912

Eugene H. Price. Open Range Ranching on the South Plains in the 1890's. 1967. 636.2 P945

George F. Ellis. Bell Ranch As I Knew It. 1973. 917.8955 E47

Separated Material

Historical photographs and copy prints have been transferred to Photo Archives (2016.xx).
Finding Aid of the Martha (Mattie) Ellis Collection, 1907-1970
Edited Full Draft
© 2016
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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