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Governor Richard C. Dillon Papers,

Identifier: 1959-101

Scope and Content

Collection consists of official papers of Governor Dillon. Includes correspondence with and reports from various state agencies concerning a broad range of issues such as education, hospitals, conservation of natural resources, and highways, as well as materials relating to investigations of A.R. Manby's death, and the conduct of San Miguel County officials, including Francisco Quintana. Also within the collection are materials concerning the Colorado River Commission, Historical Society of New Mexico, and White Sands National Monument, and correspondence with New Mexico's congressional delegation, including Senator Bronson Cutting and Representative Albert Simms.


  • 1927-1930


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Biographical Note

Richard C. Dillon was born in St. Louis, Missouri, June 24, 1877, the son of Richard and Hattie Dillon. He was educated in public schools in St. Louis, and at the age of twelve, he moved with his parents to Springer, New Mexico. In 1908, he became manager for G.W. Bond Company, a large sheep and mercantile company at Encino, New Mexico. A Republican, he was elected state senator in 1924, and elected Governor in 1926. He was re-elected governor in 1928. After serving two terms as governor, he returned to his ranching interests in Encino. He was married to Josie M. Williams, of Las Vegas, New Mexico. Dillon died January 5, 1966.


11 Linear Feet


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

Separated Material

Photographs received with the collection are housed and cataloged separately.

Richard C. Dillon private papers are in the custody of the University of New Mexico, Zimmerman Library.


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 Richard C. Dillon Papers, 1927-1930
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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