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Felipe Chavez Papers,

Identifier: 1960-009

Scope and Content

Collection consists primarily of correspondence, but also includes contracts, account documents, power-of-attorney claims, and other materials. Series I consists primarily of letters to Chavez from various family members and friends. Includes a funeral corrido (ballad), a letter requesting smallpox vaccinations, and a letter from Archbishop Lamy refusing to establish a new religious order in New Mexico. Series II consists of letters to Chavez from business associates, including Miguel A. Otero and Thomas B. Catron. Series III includes many power-of-attorney claims, 33 folders of business records, and one letterpress book (1881-1883). The collection was originally donated by Ella May Berger Chavez to the Museum of New Mexico, and transferred to the State Records Center and Archives on February 15, 1966.

Most materials are in Spanish.


  • 1810-1913

Language of Materials

Spanish, and English.

Access Restrictions


Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical note

Chavez was a merchant and banker in the area of Tome, New Mexico.


2.5 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into three series:
  1. I. Miscellaneous family and political papers, 1810-1894
  2. II. Business correspondence, 1855-1882
  3. III. Business records, 1847-1913


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 Felipe Chavez Papers, 1810-1913
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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::1960-009::Felipe Chavez Papers)//EN" "nmar1960-009.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