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Governor Lew Wallace Papers,

Identifier: 1959-085

Scope and Content

Collection consists of official and personal papers of Governor Wallace. Reports include one report from Wallace to the Secretary of the Interior discussing New Mexico's economy, agriculture, education, minerals, and problems (1879) and a second report from Wallace to the Legislative Assembly (1880). Penal papers consist of pardons, commutations, reprieves, remissions of fines, requisitions for extraditions to and from New Mexico, and death warrants. Wallace's personal papers include letters written by Lew and Susan Wallace (1878-1907), an article about Lew Wallace (1895-1926), sketches by Lew Wallace, a mining deed (1882), and five historical documents. Historical documents include two royal Spanish decrees and Wallace's translations of two reports concerning Bernardo de Castro's mining expedition.

Some material in Spanish.


  • 1878-1926

Language of Materials

English, and Spanish.

Access Restrictions

Access to original official 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.


Lew Wallace was appointed Governor of the Territory of New Mexico by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. He served until 1881.


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Organized into six series:
  1. I. Letters received
  2. II. Letters sent
  3. III. Appointments, proclamations, and circulars
  4. IV. Reports
  5. V. Penal papers
  6. VI. Personal papers

Alternate Format

Available on microfilm as part of the Territorial Archives of New Mexico (Roll 99). Wallace's personal papers were 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:
Inventory of the Governor Lew Wallace Papers, 1878-1926
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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