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Governor Lionel A. Sheldon Papers,

Identifier: 1959-086

Scope and Content

Collection consists of official papers of Governor Sheldon. Includes letters sent and received, appointments, reports, proclamations, and penal papers. Some reports and letters concern the construction of the territorial penitentiary in 1884. There is also an 1884 report from the Governor to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.


  • 1881-1885


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Access Restrictions

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

Copy Restrictions

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


Sheldon was appointed Governor in 1881 by President Garfield. Sheldon served as a congressman for Louisiana before becoming Governor of New Mexico. He was born in New York in 1831.


.25 Linear Feet


Organized into seven series:
  1. I. Letters received
  2. II. Letters sent
  3. III. Appointments
  4. IV. Proclamations
  5. V. Report of the Governor to U.S. Secretary of the Interior
  6. VI. Reports to Governor
  7. VII. Penal papers

Alternate Format

Available on microfilm as part of the Territorial Archives of New Mexico (Rolls 99-100).


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 Lionel A. Sheldon Papers, 1881-1885
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  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1959-086::Governor Lionel A. Sheldon Papers)//EN" "nmar1959-086.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