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

Identifier: 1979-016

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the territorial and New Mexico district court records for Colfax County, New Mexico (1869-1935). The bulk of the material covers the years, 1869-1913. Included are record books (1869-1911), case files (1869-1935), and other court material. Record books consist of various dockets (1869-1911), court proceedings record books (1869-1911), jury lists (1909-1922), and an undated index. Dockets include criminal (1869-1908), civil (1869-1911), and judges (1875-1891) volumes. Court proceedings record books cover criminal (1902-1907), civil (1888-1911), and civil and criminal (1869-1888) hearings. Case files include criminal cases 3-3533 (1869-1920) and civil cases 5-8529 (1869-1935). Large gaps may exist between case files. Many criminal and civil case files may be unnumbered. Most of the civil cases after 1913 are not part of this collection. Other court material consists of jury records, oaths, bonds, and court records. Additional material for Colfax County can be found in the records for San Miguel County District Court.


  • 1869-1935 (bulk 1869-1913)

Language of Materials

English, and Spanish.

Access Restrictions

Outsized record books are extremely fragile. Use microfilm only.

Copy Restrictions

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

Historical Note

Colfax County, New Mexico was established in 1869 and formed part of the 1st Judicial District of the United States Territorial Courts in New Mexico. In subsequent years Colfax County was transferred from the 1st to the 4th Judicial District (1887) and from the 4th to the 8th Judicial District (1912). Upon statehood in 1912, the Territorial Courts became the New Mexico District Courts.

Some material in Spanish.


33 linear feet + 36 v. + 45 rolls


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

Microfilm Edition

Microfilm available.

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 Clerk" (Accession Number 1974-033).

Most statehood material remains with the Judicial District Court Clerk.


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 Records of the United States Territorial and New Mexico District Courts for Colfax County, 1869-1935 (bulk 1869-1913)
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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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