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

Identifier: 1979-032

Scope and Content

Collection consists of the territorial and New Mexico district court records for Roosevelt County, New Mexico (1903-1954). Included are record books (1903-1954) and case files (1903-1952). Record books consist of criminal dockets (1904-1913, 1931-1936, 1938-1945), civil dockets (1903-1913, 1932-1944), civil and criminal dockets (1910-1916), and court proceedings record books (1904-1912). Miscellaneous record books include jury warrants (1913-1932), declarations of intent and naturalization petitions (1907-1920), individual ledgers (1909-1920), jury list book (1923-1946), record of warrants (1913-1929), district attorneys preacipe book (1912-1923), juvenile court record (1919-1937), and trial balances (1909-1919, undated). Case files include criminal cases 1-513, 1146, 7506-8581, 32-460 (1904-1916, 1917, 1934, 1940-1949) and civil cases 1-780, 4-3214, 1-287 (1903-1912, 1904-1947, 1931-1943). Some insanity cases are included within the collection. Insanity and juvenile records are restricted. Many criminal and civil case files are unnumbered, and several changes in the numbering system have occurred. Large gaps may exist between case files. Other miscellaneous records include appearance bonds, appeal bonds, grand jury subpoenas, orders, warrants, and summons.


  • 1903-1916

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Access Restrictions

Juvenile Court Record (1919-1937) and Juvenile Court Orders are restricted under New Mexico statute (Laws of 1943, Chapter 40, Section 4).

Journal (1949-1954) is restricted under federal statute.

Insanity Cases restricted under New Mexico statute (NMSA 23-7-12 and 24-1-20).

Copy Restrictions

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

Historical Note

Roosevelt County, New Mexico was established in 1903 and formed part of the 5th Judicial District of the United States Territorial Courts in New Mexico. Upon statehood in 1912 the Territorial Courts became the New Mexico District Courts. In 1921 Roosevelt County was transferred from the 5th to the 9th Judicial District.


21.25 linear feet + 37 v.


The collection is organized into six 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

Related Material

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 Roosevelt County, 1903-1954
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Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State Records Center and Archives//TEXT (US::Nm-Ar::1979-032::Records of the United States Territorial and New Mexico District Courts for Roosevelt County)//EN" "nmar1979-032.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