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Cal Traylor Papers

Identifier: Ms-0547

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of research conducted by Cal Traylor which may have been used for Traylor’s articles. The Cal Traylor papers are arranged into seven series: Research and Writing, Personal Papers, Brochures and Pamphlets, Organizations, Oversized Material newspaper clippings, Maps, Audio visual material and Photographs. The papers span the years 1964-2006.


  • 1964 - 2006

Biographical / Historical

Calvin “Cal” Lee Charles Traylor (October 5, 1924 – June 11, 2015) was a business owner, historical researcher, and an active and important member of the Doña Ana County Historical Society. Born in Melrose, New Mexico to Elmer and Myrtle Traylor, Calvin Traylor was raised in Elida, New Mexico. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On May 31, 1957, Traylor married Frances Pill and in 1963 they moved to Las Cruces. The Traylor’s owned an employment agency which had offices in Las Cruces and Alamogordo as well as a gift and craft wholesale company. Traylor had an MBA and taught accounting, management, and marketing courses at New Mexico State University. Traylor’s main interest was history, particularly the history of the Mesilla Valley and of Pat Garrett and was known for his expertise about him. Traylor was also responsible for purchasing the hearse that transported Pat Garrett to his grave from a small museum in Pinos Altos and for arranging for the hearse to be brought back to Las Cruces and then donated it to the Doña Ana Sheriff’s Museum in Las Cruces. Cal Traylor passed away on June 11, 2015.


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Language of Materials


Guide to the Cal Traylor papers
In Progress
Finding aid by Theodore Hahn under the direction of Jennifer Olguin, December 2021
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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