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John J. Dempsey Papers,

Identifier: 1959-046

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the official papers of John J. Dempsey as a United States representative. Includes correspondence (official and private), speeches, statements, remarks, congressional bills, reports, and newsletters. Some of the subjects covered are agriculture, education, mining, water uses, flood control, dams, land titles, and roads. Items of note include a complete list of bills introduced by Dempsey (74th-85th Congress), papers of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, remarks on the settlement of claims before the War Claims Commission, papers concerning the Vermejo Reclamation Project and the Upper Colorado River Storage Project, and papers concerning the transfer and holding of lands for Picuris, Zia, Jemez, and Taos Pueblos. Also within the collection are Dempsey's campaign materials, some personal papers, and clippings and correspondence concerning Tom Bolack, chairman of the New Mexico Aqualante Committee.


  • 1936-1958 (bulk, 1951-1958)

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Biographical Note

John J. Dempsey served as Governor of New Mexico (1943-1946), and one of New Mexico's congressional representatives (1951-1958).


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Collection is organized into twelve series:
  1. I. Miscellaneous correspondence;
  2. II. Remarks, speeches, and statements;
  3. III. Public Works Committee;
  4. IV. Upper Colorado River Storage Project;
  5. V. Joint Committee on Atomic Energy;
  6. VI. Bills, reports, correspondence, and statements;
  7. VII. Campaign material;
  8. VIII. Legislation and New Mexico projects;
  9. IX. Congressional records;
  10. X. Newsletters;
  11. XI. Under-Secretary of the Interior correspondence;
  12. XII. Personal papers.


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 John J. Dempsey Papers, 1936-1958
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Finding aid is in English

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  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1959-046::John J. Dempsey Papers)//EN" "nmar1959-046.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Repository

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