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George Fitzpatrick Scrapbook

Identifier: MSS-13-BC

Scope and Content

A scrapbook containing clippings from a series of articles about Black Jack Ketchum written by George Fitzpatrick and Joe Bursey for the New Mexico State Tribune, 1932. Thomas E. "Black Jack Ketchum was the leader of a notorious band of train robbers in the Southwest. He was hanged in Clayton, N.M. on April 26, 1901. The series of articles constitutes a biographical sketch of Ketchum from childhood through his death.


  • 1932


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Biographical Information

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania on May 19, 1904, George Michael "Fitz Fitzpatrick chose a career in journalism. He was a reporter for the Erie Dispatch-Herald, 1924-1926. Fitz then moved to New Mexico and was the capital correspondent for the New Mexico State Tribune, 1927-1935. He originated the column, "Off the Beaten Path. In January 1935, he moved to Santa Fe to take over the editorship of New Mexico, a joint publication of the New Mexico Game Departments Conservationist and The Highway Journal. When he assumed the editorship, the subscriptions were mostly complimentary copies. Under Fitzpatricks thirty-four year leadership, circulation rose from 5,000 in 1935 to almost 50,000 when he retired in 1969. Fitz introduced color pictures, increased advertising, and lured well known writers, artists, and photographers to submit articles and photos for very little monetary compensation. Along the way, the name evolved to New Mexico Magazine, and earned ranking along with Arizona Highways in vivid representations of the historical, cultural, and social life of the Southwest. Fitzpatrick died February 24, 1983.


1 box (.25 cu. ft.)

Related Collections

Pioneers Foundation Oral History Collection, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Albert W. Thompson Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the George Fitzpatrick Scrapbook, 1932
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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