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Anderson Cattle Company records

Identifier: Ms-0239

Scope and Contents

The papers of the Anderson Cattle Company span the years 1883-1886, with the bulk of material concentrated in 1885. The collection is a series of personal and business correspondences of W.E. Anderson, and includes information about cattle and land transactions based on New Mexico territorial statutes. There is little information relating to the founding of the company or Anderson himself.

The collection has been organized into two boxes. The first box is the original Anderson Cattle Company letter book, spanning 292 pages. Most of the content in the latter part of the book is difficult to read or has been obliterated due to natural conditions. The second box has been organized chronologically into five folders. The first folder is a copy of an original document that bears the Anderson Cattle Company title on the letterhead. The second folder is a carbon copy of an original letter that outlines cattle and land transactions in the Rio Hondo Valley between W. E. Anderson and G.B. Banbes. The third folder is a photocopied letter from the Bloom Cattle Company, and outlines cattle transactions between Anderson Cattle Company and Bloom Cattle Company. The fourth folder is a series of typed transcripts of the first four pages of the letter book. In the typed transcripts there are several spelling and grammatical errors that are not in the original letter book. The fifth folder is a series of handwritten notes from the original letter book, and the bulk of material describes land transactions based on New Mexico territorial statutes. The notes begin on page 4 and conclude on page 83. The notes are incomplete and have gaps between 4 and 83 due to obliterated text or difficulty reading the author’s handwriting.

The entire collection is a series of correspondence that include letters to F.G. Bloom, John A. Thatcher, M.D. Thatcher, New Mexico Public Land Office, and G.G. Banbes.


  • 1883-1886



0.50 Linear Feet (2 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Rio Hondo Valley cattleman and landowner. Includes personal and business correspondence from 1883-1886, including disputes over land with local businessmen and the New Mexico Public Land Office located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Correspondents include New Mexico Public Land Office, Bloom Cattle Company, F.G. Bloom, John A. Thatcher, M.D. Thatcher, and G.G. Banbes. John A. Thatcher served as the company’s president, M.D. Thatcher acted as secretary/treasurer, and W.E. Anderson was Vice President and General Manager.

Related Materials

Bloom Cattle Company Records. Ms 0141. New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections Department.

Processing Information

Jerry Wallace, September 2003
Guide to the Anderson Cattle Company records
Jerry Wallace
September 2003
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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