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Edward L. Bartlett Papers

Identifier: MSS-153-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 5 folders, containing some 778 items of general correspondence mostly to Bartlett during his years as Adjutant General of New Mexico Territory (1882-1885), as a private attorney (1896), and as Solicitor General of the Territory (1903). A large amount of the letters are hand written and some are written in Spanish.

Most of the letters in the first 3 folders deal with situations arising during his time as Adjutant General. Matters such as military assignments, armaments, prisoner escorts, territorial laws, local militia and stationing of calvary due to criminal acts and Indian unrest are discussed in the correspondence.

The 4th folder (1896) contains correspondence, mostly sent to Bartlett in his capacity as an attorney, head of the Republican Central Committee and regarding other business dealings. Matters discussed include small claims, land grants, lawsuits, railroad and timber cases and some personal correspondence.

The 5th folder (1903) is mostly general correspondence about legal cases, politics and business dealings during his position as Solicitor General of the Territory.

Correspondence is from a large variety of sources, most notably, T.B. Catron, H. O Bursum, Elfego Baca, Kit Carson, A. B. Fall, J.J. Hagerman, Espiridon Armijo, G. Armijo and many others.


  • 1882-1903


Language of Materials

English 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.

Biographical Information

Edward L. Bartlett was born in Oxford County, Maine in 1847. He attended Bowdin College in Maine, law school at the University of Michigan and was admitted to the bar in Kansas where he served on the State Supreme Court in 1871. He and his wife, Cora L. Bartlett, moved to Santa Fe, N.M. in 1880.

Bartlett served as Adjutant General of the Territory of New Mexico under Governor Sheldon and Governor Ross from 1883-1889. He served as Solicitor General of the Territory of New Mexico from 1889-1895 and 1897-1904. He also served as chairman of the Santa Fe Council, member of the Santa Fe Board of Education and was twice as president of the Santa Fe Board of Trade. He founded the New Mexico Bar Association and was prominent in Republican Party politics serving as Chairman of the Territorial Republican Central Committee for two consecutive terms. He was ex-officio member of the United State Land Commission Board (of Public Lands) and is recognized as having compiled the first set of laws for New Mexico. Bartlett was also a member of Capital Custodian Committee, attorney for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company in New Mexico, he had a private law practice in Santa Fe, and was a 32nd degree Mason and First Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery of New Mexico Odd Fellows.


1 box (.45 cu. ft.)


The collection consists of the general correspondence of Edward L. Bartlett in his positions as Adjutant General of the Territory of New Mexico, private attorney, and Solicitor General of the Territory of New Mexico, 1882/83-1885, 1896 and 1903

Related Material

Edward L. Bartlett Papers, 1863-1904 New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
Finding Aid of the Edward L. Bartlett Papers, 1882-1903
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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