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Manuel Alvarez Papers,

Identifier: 1960-001

Scope and Content

Collection consists primarily of Alvarez's business, consular, and personal correspondence. Correspondents include numerous officials, customers, merchants, and suppliers in New Mexico, St. Louis, New Orleans, New York, and London. Subjects discussed include the Santa Fe Trail, trade relations between the United States and New Mexico, and New Mexico politics and statehood. Items of note are five Alvarez ledgers (1834-1855), a journal of campsites along the Santa Fe Trail, a partial English copy of New Mexican Governor Albino Perez's tax laws (ca. 1837), a letter from New Mexican Governor Charles Bent (1847), and John Munroe's claim to the governorship of New Mexico (1850).

Most materials in Spanish, some materials in English or French.


  • 1825-1856

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Biographical Note

Manuel Alvarez was a prominent merchant in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 19th century. He also served as U.S. Consul in Santa Fe, 1836-1841.


2 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into two series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Ledger books, notebooks, and miscellaneous documents

Alternate Format

Collection also available on microfilm.


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:
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Inventory of the Manuel Alvarez Papers, 1825-1856
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Finding aid is in English

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  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1960-001::Manuel Alvarez Papers)//EN" "nmar1960-001.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