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Maps, bulk: 1916 - 1954


Content Description

From the Collection: This collection contains materials of value to researchers interested in Lincoln County. Genealogists, geographers, historians, anthropologists, and other researchers will find the collection a valuable source on Lincoln County. Papers of John M. and Ruth Tompkins Penfield and records of the Penfield Store of Lincoln, New Mexico were donated by descendants of the Penfield family. The Penfield Store was formerly the Tunstall-McSween store of Lincoln County War fame. John Penfield bought the store around 1900 and it was run by the Penfield family until sold to the State of New Mexico around 1957. Also included are papers of Ruth Tompkins Penfield's family, who were involved in mining in the White Oaks area in the latter 19th century. She was a prep student at the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts around 1901, received teacher training, then taught school in White Oaks and Lincoln. Additionally, there are records from John Cockrell, an attorney for James Dolan, who ran the store after it was taken over by Dolan.


  • Majority of material found within 1916 - 1954

Conditions Governing Access

Open. All materials in this collection are available for research in the Caroline E. Stras Research Room.


From the Collection: 7.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA