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

 Collection
Identifier: 1978-029

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the Territorial and New Mexico District Court records for Torrance County, New Mexico (1904-1942). The bulk of the material covers the years 1905-1916. Included are record books (1905-1941) and case files (1904-1942). Record books consist of various dockets (1905-1941) and court proceedings record books (1905-1911). Dockets include criminal (1906-1911), civil (1905-1911), and judge's civil and criminal (1907-1923, 1936-1941) volumes. Case files include criminal cases 1-379 (1904-1916) and civil cases 1-3146 (1905-1942). Large gaps may exist between case files. Most cases after 1912 are not part of this collection.

Dates

  • 1904-1942 (bulk, 1904-1916)

Language of Materials

English.

Access Restrictions

None

Copy Restrictions

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

Historical Note

Torrance County, New Mexico was established in 1903 and formed part of the 2nd Judicial District of the United States Territorial Court in New Mexico. In subsequent years, Torrance County was transferred from the 2nd to the 6th Judicial District (1904), from the 6th to the 1st Judicial District (1909), from the 1st to the 3rd Judicial District (1912), and from the 3rd to the 7th Judicial District (1941). Upon statehood in 1912, the Territorial Courts became the New Mexico District Courts.

Extent

12 v. + 8 linear feet

Organization

The collection is organized into four series:
  1. I. Docket Books
  2. II. Record Books (Journals)
  3. III. Criminal Case Files
  4. IV. Civil Case Files

Separated Material

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

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

Most statehood material remains with the Judicial District Court Clerk.

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 Torrance County, 1904-1942 (bulk, 1904-1916)
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::1978-029::Records of the United States Territorial and New Mexico District Courts for Torrance County)//EN" "nmar1978-029.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