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New Mexico Documents Collection

Identifier: MSS-146-BC

Scope and Content

The collection contains documents representing New Mexico's colonial (to 1821), Mexican (1821-1846), and territorial (1846-1912) periods. The majority of the documents represent sale deeds, while others are wills and other estate papers, promissory notes, IOUs, account lists, acts of possession, and printed government documents from Chihuahua, Mexico. The majority relate to Blas Trujillo (also spelled Truxillo and Trugillo) and his family in Taos. Some documents refer to matters in Abiquiu, Santa Cruz de la Cañada, and other places in Northern New Mexico. Many of these documents present valuable information on the social and economic history of New Mexico and are especially useful for matters pertaining to genealogy and land ownership in the Taos area (especially Don Fernando de Taos and San Gerónimo de Taos). Item number 43 refers to Carlos Beaubien, a prominent trader associated with the Bents. The majority of the documents are in Spanish. Also included in this collection are photocopies of 8 documents regarding New Mexico's early territorial status and early statehood.


  • 1758-1876


Language of Materials

English and Spanish

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR 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.


1 box (.45 cu. ft.)


This collection contains documents pertaining to New Mexico in the years 1758-1876. The collection consists mostly of land records as well as documents regarding New Mexico's status as a non-slave holding Territory.

Related Material

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Finding Aid of the New Mexico Documents Collection, 1758-1876
Processed by K. Stocker
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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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