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Napoleon B. Laughlin Papers,

Identifier: 1959-134

Scope and Content

Collection consists of case files and a variety of documents such as wills, deeds, and estate records from legal cases handled by Laughlin. Series I includes materials on homestead claims and businesses such as the Globe Land Co. and the La Fonda Hotel. Series II includes materials on acequias and water rights, banks (including the First National Bank of Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Bank), mining companies (including the Rio Arriba Coal Co.), and the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Co. Series III includes documents from the trial of Elfego Baca for the murder of William B. Hearne. Series IV includes Laughlin's correspondence (1882-1915) and testimony from witnesses of the 1892 fire at the New Mexico Capitol Building. Series V consists of documents from four cases involving Thomas B. Catron (1895-1901). Series VI consists of documents from cases involving A.R. Manby as an attorney (1897-1911). Series VII, VIII, IX, and X consist of documents concerning many New Mexico land grants, including the Las Trampas, Caja del Rio, Piedra Lumbre, Cieneguilla, Truchas, Antonio Martinez, Arroyo Hondo, Rancho del Rio Grande, La Joya de Cevilleta, and Tome land grants. Series XI includes Laughlin's notarial record book (1902-1920) and several ledger books recording client fees (1884-1908).

Some materials are in Spanish.


  • 1740-1933

Language of Materials

English, and Spanish.

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Biographical Note

Napoleon B. Laughlin was an attorney and judge in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


12 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into eleven series:
  1. I. Miscellaneous Legal Papers
  2. II. Civil District Court Cases
  3. III. Criminal District Court Cases
  4. IV. Personal and Miscellaneous Papers
  5. V. Cases Involving Thomas B. Catron
  6. VI. Cases Involving A.R. Manby
  7. VII. Rio Arriba and Santa Fe County Land Grants
  8. VIII. Taos County Land Grants
  9. IX. Rancho del Rio Grande Land Grant
  10. X. Land Grants (General)
  11. XI. Ledgers


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 Napoleon B. Laughlin Papers, 1740-1933
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1959-134::Napoleon B. Laughlin Papers)//EN" "nmar1959-134.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