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Valencia County, N.M. Records,

Identifier: 1974-031

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the records of Valencia County, New Mexico (1847-1979). The bulk of the records cover the dates 1846 to 1964. Included are records of the county clerk (1849-1864), assessor (1870-1920), treasurer (1847-1912), sheriff (1885-1927), county commission (1881-1928, 1979), justice of the peace (1844-1946), probate court (1846-1937), county school superintendent (1939-1942), and miscellaneous records (1916-ca. 1930). Clerks records include correspondence; registers of oaths and bonds, brands, licenses, and partido contracts; land records; election records; some marriages (1869-1912); and homestead certificates (1896-1906). County commission records include correspondence; proceedings; reports concerning roads, bridges, and courthouse construction; petitions; correspondence of the county road board (1913-1916); and special censuses of Belen (1918) and Los Lunas (1928). Justice of the peace records contain coroners inquests (1882-1908), and several cases concerning water rights disputes (1891). Unprocessed materials include additional justice of the peace records (ca. 1922) and notarial records.

Some records are in Spanish.


  • 1847-1979 (bulk 1846-1964)

Language of Materials

English, and Spanish.

Access Restrictions

Documents are fragile. Use microfilm if available.

Copy Restrictions

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

Historical Note

With the occupation of New Mexico in 1846 by the United States, seven political subdivisions established by Mexico in 1844 were recognized as counties under the Kearny Code of Laws. Valencia County was one of these seven original counties. New Mexico remained under a military form of government until Sept. 9, 1850, when an act of Congress established the Territory of New Mexico. On Jan. 9, 1852, the boundaries of the counties were fixed by an act of the Territorial Legislative Assembly. Valencia County, New Mexico, was created in 1852.


4 linear feet + 15 v. + 10 rolls

Alternate Format

Some records are available on microfilm.

Related Material

Most statehood materials remain in the county offices.


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 Valencia County, N.M. Records, 1847-1979 (bulk 1846-1964)
Edited Full Draft
Processed by Daphne S.O. Arnaiz-DeLeon
Language of description
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::1974-031::Valencia County, N.M. Records)//EN" "nmar1974-031.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

1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe NM 87507
(505) 476-7948