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Records of the United States Territorial and New Mexico District Courts for Doña Ana County,

 Collection
Identifier: 1976-015

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the territorial and New Mexico District Court records for Doña Ana County, New Mexico (1851-1961). The bulk of the material covers the years 1851-1950. Included are record books (1851-1913), case files (1852-1950), and other court material. Record books consist of various dockets (1851-1913) and court proceedings record books (1852-1911). Dockets include criminal (1885-1911), civil (1874-1913), civil and criminal (1852-1856, 1869-1886), and some civil indices. Judge's dockets cover criminal (1874-1908) and civil (1874-1913) proceedings. Court proceeding books include civil and criminal records (1854-1911). Other record books include United States District Court records (1852-1853, 1856), Chancery (1889-1901), and a fee cost book (1853-1854). Case files consist of criminal cases 1-8408 (1852-1950), civil cases 105-3177 (1871-1938), and juvenile cases (1936-1955). Juvenile case files are restricted/confidential (Laws of 1943, Chapter 40, Sec. 4). Also included are Civil War confiscation cases. Large gaps may exist between case files. Many criminal and civil case files are unnumbered. Other court material consists of bonds, subpoenas, admissions to the bar, jury records, and miscellaneous court records.

Dates

  • 1851-1961 (bulk, 1851-1914)

Language of Materials

English.

Access Restrictions

None

Copy Restrictions

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

Historical Note

Doña Ana County, New Mexico was established in 1852 and formed part of the 3rd Judicial District of the United States Territorial Courts in New Mexico. Upon statehood in 1912, the Territorial Courts became the New Mexico District Courts.

Extent

48 linear feet + 46 v.

Organization

Collection is organized into seven series:
  1. I. Docket Books
  2. II. Record Books (Journals)
  3. III. Miscellaneous Record Books
  4. IV. Miscellaneous Records
  5. V. Criminal Case Files
  6. VI. Civil Case Files
  7. VII. Juvenile Case Files

Related Material

Naturalization records are located in the "Naturalization Records by New Mexico Courts" (Accession Number 1959-281).

Additional court material is located in the "Records of the United States Territorial and New Mexico District Court Clerks" (Accession Number 1974-033).

Most statehood material remains with the Judicial District Court Clerk.

Other records from this district court are available by the National Archives Field Branch in Denver, Colorado.

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 Records of the United States Territorial and New Mexico District Courts for Doña Ana County, 1851-1961 (bulk, 1851-1914)
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::1976-015::Records of the United States Territorial and New Mexico District Courts for Dona Ana County)//EN" "nmar1976-015.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