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Governor David Meriwether Papers,

Identifier: 1959-078

Scope and Content

Collection consists of official papers of Governor Meriwether. Includes three letters received and one proclamation by Meriwether, and the papers of William Messervy and William Watts Hart Davis, both of whom were acting Governors in periods when Meriwether was out of the state. Messervy's papers consist of one proclamation and one letter received, both from 1854. Davis's papers include official letters received and one personal account book.

Some materials in Spanish.


  • 1853-1857

Language of Materials

English, and Spanish.

Access Restrictions

Access to original materials restricted; Use microfilm if available (Territorial Archives of New Mexico).

Copy Restrictions

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


Meriwether was appointed Governor in 1852 by President Millard Fillmore. Meriwether resigned in 1857 and returned to politics in Kentucky, where he had lived before coming to New Mexico.


.25 Linear Feet


Organized into four series:
  1. I. Letters received
  2. II. Letters sent
  3. III. Proclamations
  4. IV. Account book

Alternate Format

Available on microfilm as part of the Territorial Archives of New Mexico (Roll 98). Account book was not microfilmed.


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:


Includes records of Acting Governors William S. Messervy and W.W.H. Davis.
Inventory of the Governor David Meriwether Papers, 1853-1857
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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::1959-078::Governor David Meriwether Papers)//EN" "nmar1959-078.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