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Lela and Rufus Walthrip Manuscripts

Identifier: Ms-0169

Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscripts and notes from the Waltrip's publications and short stories. The materials are from juvenile biographies, Cowboys and Cattlemen, "Indian Women of the Southwest, and "More Indian Women." The materials include carbon and typescript copies of the manuscripts, research notes, and clippings.


  • 1965 - 1974

Biographical / Historical

Lela and Rufus Waltrip were born to fanning and ranching families in Texas and New Mexico. Both families eventually settled in Quay County, New Mexico. Lela graduated from Logan High School, and Rufus from San Jon High School. The Waltrips married while attending college at Highland University, Las Vegas, New Mexico. Later both received master's degrees, Rufus at the University of New Mexico and Lela at Eastern New Mexico University.

The Waltrips were teachers in public schools in several New Mexico locations including Fort Sunmer, Weed, and Lake Arthur. They spent thirty years in the Artesia public schools.

The Waltrips were members of the local, state, and national Education Associations, and the Authors League of America. Lela was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Business and Professional Women's organization. Rufus worked with Boy Scouts, high school National Honor Society, and other school and community organizations.

They are authors of numerous articles, poems, short stories, and books. Their publications include Cowboys and Cattlemen, White Harvest, Quiet Boy, Purple Hills, Indian Women, and Artesia: Heart Of the Pecos.


1 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)

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Manuscripts and notes for Cowboys and Cattleman, “Indian Women of the Southwest,” and “More Indian Women” written by Lela and Rufus Waltrip of Artesia, New Mexico.

Processing Information

June 1980, finding aid revised January 2001 Updated June 2004
Guide to the Lela and Rufus Walthrip Manuscripts
Updated in June 2004
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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