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Herman B. Weisner Papers

Identifier: Ms-0249

Scope and Content

The Herman Weisner collections spans the years circa 1957-1992. The materials are divided into five series: Research Files, Tapes, Photographs, Posterboards, and Additions. The materials are the result of years of research conducted by Weisner, both in archives and libraries, and through interviews and oral histories.

The collection has been retained in the original filing order designated by Weisner. The container list, including any irregularities of format and spelling, was created by Weisner and has been maintained in its entirety.

The Research Files series consists largely of photocopied historic documents, and of notes taken by Weisner. Materials in this series consist of legal documents such as court cases, warrants for arrests, and deeds. Also included are marriage certificates, letters and publications.

The Tape series consists of interviews conducted by Weisner, in addition to speeches delivered by Weisner on New Mexico history. Included in the list of interviewees are Eve Ball, Jarves Garrett, Lee Myers, Bill McCall and Sterling Rhodes.

The Photograph series contains negatives, copy prints and some original prints. The images reflect New Mexico personalities and places. Photograph subjects include Mescelaro Apache Indians, ranching families, mines and the Lincoln County War.

The Posterboards were created by Weisner and used as visual aid for speaking engagements and public displays. The boards are collages of photographs, documents, postcards and maps.

There are approximately 5 cubic feet of additions to the Herman Weisner Papers that were not integrated into the collection but rather added as a separate series at the end. Portions of the additions were arranged by Weisner, the remainder are unarranged. They consist of notes taken by Weisner, photocopies of archival documents, and duplicate materials. The majority of these materials pertain to Albert B. Fall's political scandal and the Lincoln County War.


  • 1957-1992
  • circa 1957-1992

Language of Materials


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.

The rights to these materials have not been transferred to the Rio Grande Historical Collections.

Biographical Sketch

Herman Weisner worked as an electronics technician at White Sands Missile Range in Otero County, New Mexico. Prior to his 1966 retirement, Weisner began researching New Mexico history, focusing on Lincoln and Doña Ana counties. He published Politics of Justice, A. B. Fall and the Teapot Dome Scandal, a New Perspective, in 1988. In 1993 Weisner received the Pasajeros del Camino Real, Hall of Fame Award for his twelve year endeavor on that project.

Weisner, a William H. Bonney genealogical researcher as well as a Lincoln County historian, wrote various articles about Billy the Kid, the Lincoln County War and Pat Garrett. His articles include "Garrett's Death - Conspiracy or Double-cross" for True West magazine, in 1979 and "Outlaw rock: Now it seems certain where Billy the Kid and his friends were holed up from May-December 1880," written in 1982.

Weisner, a member of the New Mexico Historical Society, provided historic displays for Organ, New Mexico, Fourth of July celebrations throughout the 1970s and was often called upon by film makers to verify historical accuracy in movie projects.


25 linear feet approximately


Research files of an historian and author. Weisner's research includes the genealogy of William Bonney; Lincoln County and Doña Ana County, New Mexico history; and Albert Bacon Fall and the Teapot Dome Scandal.


A75-28 A76-47
A76-17R G92-32
A76-62 RG78-92
A76-126 RG82-38
A77-2 RG85-52
RG78-21 RG87-84
A76-126 RG82-38
A77-2 RG85-52
RG78-21 RG87-84
RG85-88 RG92-39
RG87-147 RG87-129
RG88-103 RG88-110
RG88-119 RG86-25
RG90-174 RG92-40
RG91-125 RG86-139
RG91-129 RG88-154


Contact Information

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


Register of the Herman B. Weisner Papers, circa 1957-1992
Edited Full Draft
Processed by Herman Weisner, rev. by Marah deMeule and Chrisine Moreland-Bruhnke 2000
© 2001
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//New Mexico State University::Archives and Special Collections//TEXT (US::NmLcU::Ms 249::Herman B. Weisner Papers)//EN" "nmlcu1ms249.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

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