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Donaciano Vigil Collection,

Identifier: 1961-003

Scope and Content

Collection consists of Donaciano Vigil's military, family, and personal papers which span the Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. Territorial periods of New Mexico history. Spanish period documents contain land conveyances and abstracts of land primarily in Santa Fe (1770-1803), an inventory of civil and criminal proceedings (1766-1767), and a will (1820). Mexican period documents cover a wide range of New Mexico subjects. Some of the subjects are Vigil's military career (1834-1841), military affairs including orders and accounts, legal affairs pertaining to civil and criminal offenses, land complaints, the Chimayo revolt (1837), the U.S. invasion of New Mexico (1846), the Santa Fe Trail, and extranjeros (foreign merchants). Included are two land complaints by Pecos Pueblo (1826) and Picuris Pueblo (1845). The Picuris Pueblo complaint involves the Santa Barbara Land Grant (1845). Territorial period documents contain: General Kearny's orders for the surrender of Mexican troops at Santa Fe, Taos, and San Miguel del Bado (1846); bills enacted by the New Mexico Legislature (1847-1848); and other political documents. Correspondence includes letters to and from Francisco Sarracino, Juan Andres Archuleta, and Manuel Armijo. Family papers include wills, business papers, land conveyances, citizenship papers, and a Pecos River water rights contract.

Most materials are in Spanish. Some have English translations.


  • 1727-1877, bulk 1841-1877


Language of Materials

English, and Spanish.

Access Restrictions


Copy Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Donaciano Vigil served under the Mexican government of New Mexico as an officer in the Company of San Miguel del Bado (1834), and as Secretary of the Commendancia General (1835). He also served under the United States government of New Mexico as Civil Governor (1847-1848) during the American occupation of New Mexico prior to its establishment as a territory.


3.5 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into six series:
  1. I. Spanish Period Documents (1727-1820)
  2. II. Mexican Period Documents (1822-1846)
  3. III. Territorial Period Documents (1846-Circa. 1860s)
  4. IV. Correspondence(1841-1877)
  5. V. Vigil Family Papers (1784-1877)
  6. VI. Miscellaneous Documents (1822-1873)


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 Donaciano Vigil Collection, 1727-1877, Bulk 1841-1877
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Revision Statements

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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