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Governor Merritt C. Mechem Papers,

Identifier: 1959-098

Scope and Content

Collection consists of official papers of Governor Mechem. Correspondence concerns a variety of subjects, including conveyances of federal public lands, the fence controversy at Tesuque Pueblo, the possible creation of a national park on the Mescalero Indian Reservation, and Japanese immigration. Proclamations involve quarantines in response to several types of weevils. Special reports and investigations include the failure of the Santa Fe Bank, discrimination against Spanish-Americans at the Deming road camp, Ku Klux Klan activities, flood relief for Dona Ana County and the town of Lemitar, an alleged communist conspiracy at Clovis, and the Gallup coal strike. Penal papers include pardons, commutations, and paroles. Some pardons relate to Villistas involved in the raid on Columbus, New Mexico.


  • 1908-1925 ( bulk 1921-1922)

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Biographical Note

Mechem was born at Ottawa, Kansas, October 10, 1870, the son of Homer and Martha Mechem. He attended Ottawa University, studied law at Kansas University, and was admitted to the bar at Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1895. Mechem migrated to New Mexico in 1903 and settled at Tucumcari. A Republican, Mechem's political offices included district attorney (1905-1907), member of the Territorial Council/Senate (1909-1911), and judge on the Territorial Supreme Court (1920-1921). He served as Governor of New Mexico from 1921 to 1923. Mechem's wife was Eleanor Francis O'Hier. He died on May 24, 1946.


9 linear feet + 1 v.


Collection is organized into eight series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Oaths
  3. III. Appointments, resignations, proclamations, executive orders
  4. IV. Speeches
  5. V. Legislative papers
  6. VI. Reports to the Governor
  7. VII. Special reports and investigations
  8. VIII. Pardons and penal papers


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 Merritt C. Mechem Papers, 1908-1925 ( bulk 1921-1922)
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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