Skip to main content

New Mexico State Engineer Records,

 Collection
Identifier: 1971-003

Content Note

As of 2000 collection consists of records of the New Mexico State Engineer, its predecessor the Territorial Engineer, and the Interstate Stream Commission, which is a statutorily separate agency coordinated and directed by the State Engineer (1888-1992). Includes biennial reports (1932-1978), one annual report from 1979, minutes, legal documents, publications, and ledger books. Most of the records concern water rights, water conservation, irrigation, flood control, and water resources. Includes materials on the Rio Grande, and the Colorado, Pecos, Gila, and Canadian Rivers. Also within the collection are research materials from various cases administered by the State Engineer, with many involving Indian tribes, especially the Mescelaro Apache Indians.

Dates

  • 1888-[ongoing].

Language of Materials

English.

Access Restrictions

Access is restricted to original territorial records that have been microfilmed. Use microfilm only.

Copy Restrictions

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

Historical Note

The Territorial Irrigation Engineer was established by a legislative act in 1905 (1905 Laws of N.M., Chp. 102, Sec. 11) and abolished by a legislative act in 1907 (1907 Laws of N.M., Chp. 49, Sec. 73). The same 1907 legislative act established the Territorial Engineer (1907 Laws of N.M., Chp. 49, Sec. 4). In 1919 a legislative act abolished the Territorial Engineer and established the State Engineer (1919 Laws of N.M., Chp. 46, Sec. 1-2). In 1977 a legislative act abolished the State Engineer Office as an independent entity (1977 Laws of N.M., Chp. 254, Sec. 4). The same 1977 legislative act established the Natural Resources Department and made the State Engineer director of its Water Resources Division (1977 Laws of N.M., Chp. 254, Sec. 111). In 1982 a legislative act abolished the Water Resources Division of the Natural Resources Department (1982 Laws of N.M., Chp. 10, Sec. 3). The same 1982 legislative act re-established the State Engineer Office as an independent entity and transferred to it the functions of the Water Resources Division (1982 Laws of N.M., Chp. 10, Sec. 8). The State Engineer is appointed by the Governor and is responsible for administering state water regulations.

Extent

136 Linear Feet

Organization

Collection is organized into ten series:
  1. I. Correspondence with conservation districts
  2. II. Legislation, water, and irrigation laws
  3. III. Minutes
  4. IV. General reports
  5. V. Rio Grande Compact Commission records
  6. VI General correspondence
  7. VII Rules and regulations
  8. VIII Reports re: Senate Committee Conservation Dept., and water surveys
  9. IX. Legal files re: lower Colorado River basin
  10. X: Commission Of Irrigation And Water Rights; Territorial Irrigation Engineer; Territorial Engineer

Alternate Format

Some Territorial Irrigation Engineer and Territorial Engineer's records are also available on microfilm as part of the Territorial Archives of New Mexico (Roll 90).

Related Materials

Contact agency directly for recent materials. Reports of the State Engineer in the capacity of State Highway Engineer are located in the "New Mexico Highway Dept. Records (Accession Number 1977-036).

General

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: archives@rain.state.nm.us
  8. URL: http://www.state.nm.us/cpr/ahsd_top.htm
Title
Inventory of the New Mexico State Engineer Records, 1888-[ongoing]
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Processed by staff
Date
©2000
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1971-003::New Mexico State Engineer Records)//EN" "nmar1971-003.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Repository

Contact:
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe NM 87507
(505) 476-7913