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Frank W. Parker Papers,

Identifier: 1974-044

Scope and Content

Collection consists of documents concerning Parker's legal career and a folder of materials relating to Billy the Kid (William Bonney). Includes various certificates and appointments to the positions held by Parker; his attorney's docket book; and photographs of Parker with other prominent New Mexicans, including a group photo with John R. McFie, L. Bradford Prince, Miguel A. Otero, Thomas B. Catron, and others. The folder of Billy the Kid materials consists of photocopies of four 1881documents: a death warrant signed by New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace; a note written by Sheriff Pat Garrett explaining that Bonney's death warrant was not carried out because he escaped custody; and Spanish and English versions of the coroner's jury report on the death of Bonney, July 15, 1881.

Some materials are in Spanish.


  • 1880-1933

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

Frank W. Parker served on the New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court from 1898 to 1911 and the New Mexico State Supreme Court from 1912 to 1932. He also served as a delegate to the 1910 New Mexico Constitutional Convention. Parker was born October 16, 1860 in Sturgis, Michigan, the son of James W. Parker and Marie A. Thompson. He attended law school at the University of Michigan before moving to Socorro County, New Mexico in 1881. Parker practiced law in Socorro, Dona Ana, and Sierra Counties before he was appointed to the Territorial Supreme Court. He died in Santa Fe on August 3, 1932.


2 Linear Feet


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 Frank W. Parker Papers, 1880-1933
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Processed by Jim Purdy
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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::1974-044::Frank W. Parker Papers)//EN" "nmar1974-044.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