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Bernard Shandon Rodey Scrapbook and Documents

Identifier: MSS-175-BC

Scope and Content

The original collection contains one scrapbook of newspaper articles kept by Rodey during his terms in Congress. The articles originate from several newspapers around the nation. Since Rodey saved only clippings that contained his name, the scrapbook is a summary of the issues that Rodey advocated during his tenure in Congress. The majority of articles relate to New Mexico's bid for statehood, but some document Rodey's advocacy for public trust lands and state debts. The scrapbook covers the time period of 1902-1904. No explanations or writings by Rodey are contained in the book.

Four oversized documents were added to the collection in November 2006.


  • 1902-1926

Language of Materials


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 publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Born in County Mayo, Ireland in 1856, Bernard Rodey emigrated with his parents in 1862. As a young man, Bernard moved to Albuquerque in 1881 when he landed a job as a private secretary for the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad Company. After studying the law, he left the railroad and began practicing law in 1883. Active in politics at a young age, Bernard was a state senator representing Bernalillo County in 1889 when he introduced legislation to create the University of New Mexico. His bill detailed the acquisition of funds and land for the institution, locating its construction in New Albuquerque. Passage of the bill on February 28, 1889 earned Rodey the title "Father of the University" and Rodey Hall was named in his honor.

In 1900 Rodey was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. During his two terms in office, he was best known for his unrelenting fight to gain statehood not only for New Mexico, but Arizona and Oklahoma as well. He fought against a consortium of Eastern senators led by Albert J. Beveridge of Indiana that was threatened by the admission of Western territories as states.

After his terms in Congress, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Rodey as federal judge of the District Court of Puerto Rico in 1906. Holding this position until the end of Roosevelt's administration, Rodey was appointed U.S. attorney in the Territory of Alaska. He returned to Albuquerque and founded the law firm of Rodey and Rodey. He died in 1927.


1 box (.35 cu. ft.), plus 1 oversize folder


The collection consists of documents and a scrapbook containing newspaper articles related to Bernard Rodey's two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rodey Papers Available Online

Selected items from this collection are available at New Mexico's Digital Collections.

Related Archival Material

Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin and Robb records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Processing Information

4 documents added, November 2006.
Finding Aid of the Bernard Shandon Rodey Scrapbook and Documents, 1902-1926
Processed by L. Bramwell
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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