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Marion Dargan Papers

Identifier: MSS-120-BC

Scope and Content

The collection primarily contains notes taken in preparation for writing, "New Mexico's Fight for Statehood, 1895-1912," which appeared in the New Mexico Historical Review from 1939 to 1943. It includes biographical data on Miguel Antonio Otero, Harvey Butler Fergusson, Thomas B. Catron, Herbert Hagerman, Shandon Bernard Rodey and others; excerpts from newspapers; quotations from documents; and correspondence with those involved in the statehood fight answering questions put to them by Dargan (particularly M. A. Otero). Also included are outlines of courses, tests, and essays turned in by students, and other papers pertaining to Dargan's professional duties as a member of the Department of History at the University of New Mexico.


  • 1890-1943 (bulk 1890-1912)


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Biographical Information

Marion Dargan was born on March 13, 1888, in Columbia, South Carolina. He came to the University of New Mexico as a history professor in 1929 after receiving degrees from Chicago and Columbia Universities and teaching in Illinois and Texas. His specialty was U.S. colonial history. After coming to UNM he switched his research to New Mexico history. In 1941 he was nominated as a fellow of the Historical Society of New Mexico. He died on September 3, 1952 in Albuquerque, N.M. following a long illness.


10 boxes (4.15 cu. ft.)

Related Material

Thomas B. Catron Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Miguel Antonio Otero Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Harvey Butler Fergusson Correspondence Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

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Photographs transferred to the Marion Dargan Photograph Collection.
Finding Aid of the Marion Dargan Papers, 1890-1943 (bulk 1890-1912)
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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