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Governor William J. Mills Papers,

Identifier: 1959-093

Scope and Content

Collection consists of official papers of Governor Mills. Correspondence contains letters received and letterbooks of communications sent. Official papers include appointments, proclamations and orders. Reports to the governor contain those of territorial officers as well as of the Historical Society of New Mexico, St. Vincent Hospital and Orphanage, the Sisters of Loretto, and some local relief societies. Special reports contain files on the activation of the National Guard to Taos (1910), the mutiny at New Mexico Military Institute, and complaints by and against various territorial officials. Penal papers include pardons, commutations, paroles, extraditions, and reform school petitions.


  • 1910-1912

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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.


Mills, a Connecticut lawyer, became New Mexico's last territorial governor after serving as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Mexico, 1898-1910. He called for the constitutional convention that framed the document adopted and approved in 1911. Although Mills was appointed governor in December, 1909, he was not inaugurated until March, 1910. His term ended January 15, 1912.


5 Linear Feet


Organized into six series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Official papers
  3. III. Reports to Governor
  4. IV. Report of Governor to Secretary of Interior
  5. V. Special Reports
  6. VI. Penal papers

Alternate Format

Available on microfilm as part of the Territorial Archives of New Mexico (Rolls 181-188).


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:


Mills was appointed governor December 20, 1909, but was not inaugurated until March 1, 1910 succeeding Curry who had resigned effective February 28.
Inventory of the Governor William J. Mills Papers, 1910-1912
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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