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Adella Collier Collection,

Identifier: 1978-030

Scope and Content

Collection consists of a broad range of materials concerning the personal and professional activities of Frederick Muller and his family, including his in-laws, the Edward Miller family of Tesuque, New Mexico. Materials include correspondence; land conveyances; abstracts of title; by-laws of civic and veteran organizations; a sketch map of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Aztlan Lodge cemetary plots; trial proceedings involving Edward Miller; and naturalization, birth, marriage and death certificates for family members.

Some materials in Spanish.


  • 1836-1974 (bulk 1836-1930)

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

Adella Collier was the daughter of New Mexico businessman and public official Frederick Muller. Muller was born January 26, 1863 in Wurtemberg, Germany, the son of George and Katarina Muller. He emigrated to the United States in 1878 and four years later enlisted in the U.S. Army. After participating in campaigns against the Apache in both Arizona and New Mexico, Muller was honorably discharged in 1887. In that same year he moved to Santa Fe and established a grocery business. A Republican, Muller served two terms as a member of the city board of education and was elected Santa Fe County Treasurer in 1896, 1898, and 1900. He was also active in the New Mexico National Guard and served as a Rough Rider in the Spanish-American War until he was mustered out in 1898. In 1899, he was appointed Receiver of the United States Land Office at Santa Fe and served in that capacity until 1911. With the creation of the State Land Office in 1912 Muller served under Commissioner of Public Lands Robert P. Ervien and succeeded him following Erviens death in 1918. During the 1920s Muller engaged in the land and insurance business and in 1931 and 1934 was commissioned a United States Commissioner in Santa Fe. Muller died on September 16, 1934.

Muller married Adella Miller, the daughter of Edward and Wilhelmina Miller in 1892. Edward Miller was active in the New Mexico Territorial Militia and owned the Edward Miller Fruit Ranch in Tesuque, New Mexico. Frederick and Adella Muller had six children: Frederick Jr., Alfred, Theodore, William, Elsie May, and Adella (the donor of this collection).


3 Linear Feet


Collection is organized into eight series:
  1. I. Land records, 1836-1964
  2. II. Public official papers, 1891-1939
  3. III. Commercial papers, 1896-1957
  4. IV. Military papers, 1896-1906
  5. V. Educational records, 1902-1936
  6. VI. Civic, religious, and veterans organizations, 1883-1973
  7. VII. Personal family papers, 1880-1974
  8. VIII. Miscellaneous papers and publications, 1860-1970

Separated Material

Photographs received with the collection are housed and cataloged separately. Some publications received with the collection are housed in the Archives Research Room. Consult archivist regarding related maps.


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 Adella Collier Collection, 1836-1974 (bulk 1836-1930)
Edited Full Draft
Processed by James H. 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::1978-030::Adella Collier Collection)//EN" "nmar1978-030.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