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Governor Arthur Seligman Papers,

Identifier: 1959-102

Scope and Content

Collection consists of official papers of Governor Seligman. Includes correspondence with and reports from various state agencies concerning a broad range of issues such as labor, public lands, natural resource conservation, and mining, with significant materials on the Gallup Coal Strike of 1933 and extension of the Navajo Reservation. Also within the collection is Seligman's pardon of former U.S. Senator A.B. Fall; many special reports from early New Deal programs in New Mexico; letters to Governor Seligman from President Franklin Roosevelt; and correspondence with New Mexico's congressional delegation, including Senators Dennis Chaves, Bronson Cutting, and Sam Bratton.


  • 1931-1933

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Biographical Note

Arthur Seligman was born in Santa Fe, on June 14, 1873, the son of Bernard and Frances (Nusbaum) Seligman. Seligman was a graduate of Southmore College Preparatory School in Pennsylvania (1887), and Pierce's College of Business in Philadelphia. He married Frankie E. Harris of Cleveland, Ohio, on July 4, 1896. Seligman entered the mercantile business in Santa Fe and served as president of Seligman Bros., 1903-26; president of La Fonda Building Corp., 1920-26, president of the First National Bank, 1924; and director of Northern New Mexico Loan Association. A Democrat, he also held numerous public offices including: mayor of Santa Fe; member of the Board of Equalization of New Mexico; chairman of Santa Fe County Commission; member of board of Irrigation Commission; president of Educational Service Commission; chairman of Democratic County Central Committee for six years; chairman of City Control Committee for eight years; Chairman of Territorial Democratic Committee (1895-1911); Chairman of Democratic State Committee (1912-1922); and delegate to Democratic National Committee (1920-1933). Seligman was elected Governor of New Mexico in 1930, and was re-elected in 1932 before dying in office in September, 1933.


20.5 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into nine series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Appointments, proclamations, resignations
  3. III. Legislative papers
  4. IV. Speeches, publicity
  5. V. Petitions
  6. VI. Reports to the Governor
  7. VII. Special reports, investigations, and issues
  8. VIII. Conferences and conventions
  9. IX. 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 Arthur Seligman Papers, 1931-1933
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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