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

 Collection
Identifier: 1978-003

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the territorial and New Mexico District Court records for Valencia County, New Mexico (1849-1953). The bulk of the material covers the years 1849-1921. Included are record books (1851-1916), case files (1851-1953), and other court material. Record books consist of various dockets (1851-1913), court proceedings record books (1854-1856, 1859-1860, 1889-1909, 1873-1880), a record book of invoices (1865-1873), a roll book of attorneys at law (1874-1899), minutes (1903), jury book (1905-1910, 1923) and a cash book (1865-1873). Docket include civil (1882-1912), judge's (1910-1913), cost (1878-1881, 1888-1916) and minutes and motions (1851-1854) volumes. Judges' dockets cover criminal (1910-1913) and civil (1910-1911) trials. Case files consist of criminal cases 1-836, 1646 (1852-1912, 1931) and civil cases 2-4302 (1851-1940). Civil cases include tax cases with two numbering systems: cases 1785-6407 (1912-1952) and cases 1-602 (1926-1952). Large gaps may exist between case files. Other court materials consist of jury records and court material. Additional material for Valencia County can be found in the Bernalillo County District Court records.

Some material in Spanish.

Dates

  • 1849-1953 (bulk 1849-1921)

Language of Materials

English, and Spanish.

Access Restrictions

None

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 subdivision 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 September 9, 1850, when an act of Congress established the Territory of New Mexico. On January 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. Valencia County, New Mexico was placed in the 3rd Judicial District of the United States Territorial Courts in New Mexico in 1846. In subsequent years, Valencia County was transferred from the 3rd to the 2nd Judicial District (1863), from the 2nd to the 7th Judicial District (1909), and from the 7th to the 13th Judicial District (1971). Upon statehood in 1912, the Territorial Courts became the New Mexico District Court.

Extent

25 v. + 26.5 linear feet

Organization

The 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. Civil Cases-Tax Matters

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).

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 Valencia County, 1849-1953 (bulk 1849-1921)
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::1978-003::Records of the United States Territorial and New Mexico District Courts for Valencia County)//EN" "nmar1978-003.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