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New Mexico Attorney General Records,

Identifier: 1971-015

Scope and Content

As of 1997 collection consists of records of the New Mexico Attorney General and the New Mexico Solicitor General (1892-1995). Includes case files, administrative correspondence, annual reports, legal opinions, letterpress copybooks, financial documents, extraditions, and various legal documents. Materials in the collection concern both general issues such as civil rights and consumer protection, and specific matters such as the 1980 riot at the state penitentiary, and the activities of Alianza Federal de las Mercedes, a land rights organization based in northern New Mexico during the late 1960s.

Partial finding aid.


  • 1892-[ongoing]

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Access Restrictions

Access to certain records are restricted by state statute (14-2-1 NMSA 1978). Restricted records may include investigation files or confidential materials protected by lawyer-client privilege.

Access is restricted to territorial records that have been microfilmed. Use microfilm only.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Note

The Attorney General was established in 1846 by the Kearny Code, the body of laws created by Gen. Stephen Watts Kearny for the governance of New Mexico after its annexation by the United States in 1846. In 1889 a legislative act abolished the Attorney General and established the office of Solicitor General (1889 Laws of N.M., Chp. 56, Sec. 1-2). In 1905 a legislative act changed the name of the Solicitor General to Attorney General (1905 Laws of N.M., Chp. 118, Sec. 1). Upon New Mexico's attainment of statehood in 1912 the State Attorney General was established by the New Mexico State Constitution (N.M. State Constitution, Art. 5, Sec. 1). The Attorney General serves as the chief legal advisor to the Governor and other state government officials. This includes acting as the attorney for the State Corporation Commission and providing legal assistance to the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and State Engineer. Other duties include preparing drafts for contracts, bonds, and other instruments as required for use by the state; and prosecuting and defending all actions and proceedings involving any state employee in his or her official capacity.


1025 Linear Feet

Alternate Format

Some territorial records of the Attorney General/Solicitor-General (1890-1912) are available on microfilm as part of the Territorial Archives of New Mexico (Rolls 53-54).

Related Material

Contact agency directly for recent materials.

Separated Materials

Photographs received with the collection are located in the "New Mexico Attorney General Photograph Collection" (SRCA Photo 0003)


Contact Information

  1. New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
  2. Archives and Historical Services Division
  3. 1205 Camino Carlos Rey
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
  5. Phone: 505-476-7908
  6. Fax: 505-476-7909
  7. Email:
  8. URL:
Inventory of the New Mexico Attorney General Records, 1892-[ongoing]
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1971-015::New Mexico Attorney General Records)//EN" "nmar1971-015.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Repository

1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe NM 87507
(505) 476-7948