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Photo of Baca, portrait, oval, tinted, at the time he ran for governor, circa 1928

 Item — Oversize-Folder: 1

Scope and Content

From the Collection: The Goddard collection offers a view of Elfego Baca as a businessman, attorney, politician and family man. Among the items are business cards and advertisements for his attorney’s office and other businesses. There are newspaper clippings that show his work as an attorney and his interest in law enforcement as well as biographical articles about him. The collection has private letters from friends as well as correspondence with his book publisher, Kyle S. Crichton, Hollywood motion picture companies and state and federal government officials of his day such as John Dempsey, Charles Curtis and Bronson Cutting.

Additional clippings, in English and Spanish, deal with his political stands, manifestos, change on political parties and the establishment of the Elfego Baca Club, showing his role in New Mexico politics. Others tell of his role in the Rio Grande Conservancy District vote, Mexican affairs, state conferences and commemorative historic events. Also in the collection are critiques of the Crichton book and reminiscences of the 1884 Frisco battle and other incidents in his life, including comments on Billy the Kid. There are several popular periodical articles about Baca and a copy of the comic book based on the Walt Disney film, the Nine Lives of Elfego Baca.

Several unusual items in the collection are an analysis of his hand print, his eye glasses, campaign buttons and brochures, and the cuff links with the famous bolt and nut symbol worn by the members of the Elfego Baca Club. The photos are of particular interest, too. Among them are a painting of Baca, a photo portrait of him and one of his wife. Others portray Baca in campaign poses, on the Bob Ripley Show, in a military uniform, with Mexican revolutionaries, with Eddie Mack, the boxer, and with family members.


  • circa 1928

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 2 boxes (1.7 cu. ft.) + 2 oversize folders

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131