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T.D. Burns, Jr. papers

Identifier: Ms-0183

Scope and Content Note

The T.D. Burns, Jr. papers consists of personal and financial documents of T.D. Burns, Jr. Also included is correspondence with his father about agricultural matters. The collection is in English and Spanish and contains information on accounts to be settled and collected upon.

Some of the agencies and companies that he deals with include: Agricultural Adjustment Agency, Corsicana Grader & Machine Company, Owensboro Ditcher & Grader Company, Sisters of St. Francis St. Anthony Orphanage, Albuquerque, and Dillon Hardware and Implement Company. The file descriptions were kept as found.


  • 1864 - 1951

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Copyrights associated with this collection have not been transferred and assigned to New Mexico State University.

Biographical Sketch

Thomas D. Burns, Jr., was the son of Ireland native Thomas D. Burns, a settler and well-known business in Northern New Mexico.

The first T.D Burns came to Abiquiu, New Mexico in 1864. Burns married Josefa, daughter of wealthy Jose Pablo Gallegos. By 1872 he had established mercantile stores at Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico and Chama, New Mexico, among other New Mexican cities. He served as an interpreter to the Ute Native American Tribe and a post trader at Fort Lowell and was the first speculator to begin buying up interests in the Tierra Amarilla land grant.

Burns senior was also the founder of the Burns National Bank in Durango, Colorado. He also invested in Trimble Hot Springs in Durango and built the Hermosa House which eventually burned down.

Nothing more is known about Thomas D. Burns, Jr. except that he born circa 1909.


Ebright, Malcom. The Tierra Amarilla Grant: A History of Chicanery. P. 18.


12.5 linear inches

Language of Materials



Son of T.D. Burns, who inherited and established the mercantile operation in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, and the collection includes personal and business letters.
Guide to the T.D. Burns, Jr. papers
Processed by Bill Boehm, 2002. Updated by Cassie McClure, 2006.
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Finding aid is in English

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