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Governor William T. Thornton Papers,

Identifier: 1959-089

Scope and Content

Collection consists of official papers of Governor Thornton. Includes letters received, appointments, resignations, proclamations, reports, and penal papers. Some of the materials relate specifically to mining accidents and water rights in New Mexico.


  • 1893-1897

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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.


Thornton was born in Missouri in 1843 and came to New Mexico in 1877. Before being appointed Governor, he served as a member of the New Mexico Legislative Assembly and as Mayor of Santa Fe.


3 Linear Feet


Organized into ten series:
  1. I. Letters received
  2. II. Appointments
  3. III. Resignations
  4. IV. Proclamations
  5. V. Reports to the Governor
  6. VI. Reports of the Governor to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior
  7. VII. Messages to the legislative assembley
  8. VIII. Special reports
  9. IX. Special issues and ivestigations
  10. X. Penal papers

Alternate Format

Available on microfilm as part of the Territorial Archives of New Mexico (Rolls 125-127).


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:


Thornton succeeded Prince on April 20, 1893
Inventory of the Governor William T. Thornton Papers, 1893-1897
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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::1959-089::Governor William T. Thornton Papers)//EN" "nmar1959-089.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