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Governor William C. McDonald Papers,

Identifier: 1959-094

Scope and Content

Collection consists of official and personal papers of Governor McDonald. The bulk of the collection consists of McDonalds official papers (1912-1916). Legislative papers contain vetoes, messages, and documentation of the Governors Contingent Fund. Petitions involve the use of convict labor, construction of a dike on the Rio Grande, a right-of-way for the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad, and conditions at the Sugarite Mining Camp in Colfax County. Reports are from various state agencies and private organizations including the Sisters of Loretto. Special reports and investigations contain several investigations of individual government employees, illegal practices of the Santa Fe County Commission, the failure of the First National Bank of Las Cruces, the election of Albert B. Fall, and the Mexican Embassys complaint of alleged trespassing on the Mexican border. Penal papers contain pardons, paroles, extraditions, and records of some Villistas involved in the raid on Columbus, New Mexico. Personal papers include McDonalds correspondence, campaign materials, and political documents; correspondence of FrancesMcDonald (wife); miscellaneous awards, letters, and certificates of Frances McDonald (daughter); a copy of T.A. Spencer Jr.s 1968 study of the papers of his great grandfather William C. McDonald; and documents concerning the Johnson-Flynn prize fight at Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1912.


  • 1880-1968 (bulk, 1912-1916)

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Biographical Note

William C. McDonald was born at Jordanville, New York on July 25, 1858, the son of John and Lydia Marshall McDonald. He was admitted to the bar at Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1880. During 1880 McDonald moved to White Oaks, New Mexico and engaged in civil and mining engineering. He served as deputy mineral surveyor from 1881 to1890, when he became manager of the Carrizozo Cattle Ranch Company. McDonald also held the positions of Lincoln County Assessor (1885-1897), Representative in the Territorial House of Representatives (1891), and Chairman of the Democratic Territorial Central Committee (1910-1911). He married Francis McCourt at Las Vegas, New Mexico on August 31, 1891. McDonald was elected the first Governor of the State of New Mexico on November 7, 1911, and served a four year term from 1912-1916. McDonald died on April 11, 1918.


24 linear feet, Oversize: 13 v.


Collection is organized into ten series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Oaths
  3. III. Appointments, resignations, proclamations, and executive orders
  4. IV. Legislative documents
  5. V. Petitions
  6. VI. Reports to the Governor
  7. VII. Boards and commissions
  8. VIII. Special reports and investigations
  9. IX. Pardons and penal papers
  10. X. Personal papers

Separated Material

Photographs received with the collection are housed and cataloged separately.


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 William C. McDonald Papers, 1880-1968 (bulk, 1912-1916)
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  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1959-094::Governor William C. McDonald Papers)//EN" "nmar1959-094.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