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Keith Humphries papers

Identifier: Ms-0136

Scope and Contents

The Keith Humphries papers contains the articles Humphries used in his research while writing and painting. The articles contain some written notation by Humphries. Also included are seventy-four photographs from the 1930s and 1940s of southwestern homesteads and the July 4th parade and rodeo in Silver City in 1939 and 1940. There are also photographs of his paintings.


  • 1930 - 1982

Biographical / Historical

A former civil engineer at White Sand Missile Ranges, Keith Humphries was a New Mexican author, historian and painter. Originally from Oklahoma, Humphries found his passion for history when his family lived in Toyah, Texas next to the Van Horn Wells stage station. Travelers to the area and memories of the family ranch hand fueled his desire to record history, but he wasn’t able to pursue his passion until retirement. He wrote a book titled Apache land from those who lived it and painted wild west scenes to recount some of the older stories.


0.50 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials



Photographs and articles from local historian and author Keith Humphries from 1939 – 1988.

Processing Information

Linda Blazer, 1995. Updated by Cassie McClure, 2006.
Guide to the Keith Humphries papers
Linda Blazer, 1995. Updated by Cassie McClure, 2006
Updated in 2006
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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