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Clara H. Olsen Papers,

Identifier: 1976-022

Scope and Content

Collection consists of Olsen's personal and business papers, and a variety of publications about New Mexico. Includes personal correspondence (1889-1947), newspaper clippings about Olsen (1920-1935), obituaries of prominent New Mexicans, certificates from several New Mexican Governors (1901-1933), the settlement of Olsen's estate (1953), papers of Olsen's brother-in-law E.V. Chavez (1879-1896), and catalogs of the New Mexico Spanish American Normal School at El Rito (1939-1941). Correspondence includes letters involving the Shormoyer family (1889- 1907), the Bryan Steam Corporation (1935-1941), and a 1902 duel between Paul Wunschmann and George W. Armijo. Materials concerning property in Carrizozo and Fort Sumner, New Mexico are also in the collection.

Some materials are in Spanish.


  • 1879-1961

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

Clara H. Olsen served as private secretary to the Governors of New Mexico from 1901 to 1933.


1 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into five series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Business papers
  3. III. Clippings
  4. IV. Miscellaneous
  5. V. Publications


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 Clara H. Olsen Papers, 1879-1961
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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::1976-022::Clara H. Olsen Papers)//EN" "nmar1976-022.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