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Loraine Lavender Papers,

Identifier: Ms-0406

Scope and Content

The Loraine Lavender papers span the years 1906-1987 with the bulk of the material falling within the years 1963-1967. The collection is arranged into two series: Historical Society of New Mexico and Business Files. Each series is arranged alphabetically.

The Historical Society of New Mexico (HSNM) series spans the years 1906-1987. This series contains primarily minutes from the annual meetings of the HSNM, board meetings, and membership activities. Due to her role as president of the HSNM, Lavender corresponded with and was a member of several regional historical societies. These materials also are contained in this series. Materials collected by Lavender relating to the history of New Mexico and the preservation of New Mexico's heritage are in this series.

The Business Files series spans the years 1946-1984 and contains materials relating to the different lumber operations run by Loraine and George Lavender and property owned by Loraine Lavender. Most of the information relates to Pot Creek Logging and Lumbering, Inc. and Taos Timber, Inc. The series also contains contracts, legal documents, financial information, charts, and correspondence.


  • 1906-1987

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Access and Use Restrictions

This material may be examined by researchers under supervised conditions in the Search Room.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with copyright and other applicable statutes.

Copyrights associated with this collection have not been transferred to New Mexico State University.

Biographical Sketch

Loraine Cleaveland was born in Palo Alto, California, on November 18, 1902, the daughter of Newton and Agnes Morley Cleaveland. Her childhood alternated between California, where her father preferred to stay and New Mexico, where her mother had family. Loraine attended the University of New Mexico for one year and transferred to Stanford University, where she graduated in 1924. She taught history and physical education in California until 1930 when she married George Keffer, whom she later divorced.

Loraine lived with her mother on the Datil ranch during World War II and worked as a bookkeeper for Lavender Lumber Company. She later married its owner, George Lavender in 1946. The Lavenders moved to Ocate, New Mexico and ran a lumber operation there. They sold the Ocate outfit in 1949 and went into partnership with the Pot Creek Lumber Company near Taos, New Mexico. Loraine and George Lavender later were divorced.

Active in community affairs, Loraine was a member of several societies. She served as secretary, vice-president, president, and board member of the Historical Society of New Mexico; President of the Historical Society of Santa Fe; and held local and state offices with the League of Women Voters.

Loraine Lavender died in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 18, 1987.


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President of the Historical Society of New Mexico, business woman and daughter of Agnes Morley Cleaveland. The collection contains materials relating to the Historical Society of New Mexico and the lumber companies owned by Lavender and her husband, George.


  1. RG93-140 Gift of Loraine Lavender
  2. RG94-049 Gift of Loraine Lavender

Related Material

Ms 25 Agnes Morley Cleaveland Papers Archives and Special Collections. New Mexico State University Library. Ms 403 Norman Cleaveland Papers Archives and Special Collections. New Mexico State University Library.


Contact Information

  1. Archives and Special Collections
  2. New Mexico State UniversityLibrary
  3. P.O. Box 30006
  4. Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8006
  5. Phone: (505) 646-3839
  6. Fax: (505) 646-7477
  8. URL:


Register of the Loraine Lavender Papers, 1906-1987
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Processed by Portia Vescio, with Shannon Cavanagh and Roxanne Klunczyk
© 2002
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Finding aid is in English

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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