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Barela Mercantile Company Records

Identifier: MSS-108-BC

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of ten ledgers of store accounts for Barela Mercantile Company, covering the years 1905-1925. The business ledgers are in Spanish with a few items in English. They list individual items purchased and give alphabetical listing of customers, including women.


  • 1905-1925


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publications or distribution.

Biographical Information

Eliseo Barela arrived in San Rafael, N.M. in 1881 from Perez, N.M. with his grandfather. In 1883 he opened the store, Romula Barela & Son; later Eliseo changed the name to Barela Mercantile Company. His store was the first licensed trade store in the area.


10 Volumes

Related Material

New Mexico Business Records Collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Josephine Barela Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the Barela Mercantile Company Records, 1905-1925
Described by T.S. Reinig
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 108 BC::Barela Mercantile Company Records)//EN" "nmu1mss108bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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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