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George W. Prichard Family Papers,

Identifier: MSS-187-BC

Scope and Content

Boxes 1-8 of this collection contain George W. Prichard's personal, business, and legal correspondence, arranged by date, 1894-1940. The letters concern New Mexico politics, including the Progressive Party in San Miguel County, land issues, mining concerns, and Prichard's time as district attorney for southern New Mexico. This part of the collection also contains legal papers for the Santa Fe Dredging and Mining Trust and other mining corporations. Additional mining materials, including documents relating to the Abo Canyon Copper Mining Co., will also be found in Box 10 of the collection.

Box 9 contains miscellaneous clippings, leaflets, and reports about women and the war effort, the U.S. Food Administration program for New Mexico, and other women's activities of the times.

Box 11 contains materials on mining, law, New Mexico health, women's meetings, legal and political mining concerns, the New Mexico constitution, and 2 letterbooks with George Prichard's personal letters.

Boxes 12 and 13 consist of Maude Hancock Prichard's materials. This includes information on women's activities, such as the Mother-Daughter Congress of June 24th-29th, 1918 held in Albuquerque, N.M.; the New Mexico Federation of Women's Clubs; child welfare materials (including the United States Children's Bureau), 1918-1940; and food administration/preservation and home economics, 1918. Speeches, memorandums concerning home and foreign relief, materials from local boards of various women's committees, the Women's Committee of the National Council of Defense (WCCND), and various committee reports are also in these boxes, as are her personal letters.

Boxes 14-16 document Prichard's legal cases. Cases include divorce, land, mining, bankruptcy, land grants, water rights, murder, property settlement, etc.


  • 1894-1940


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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

George W. Prichard was born on August 5, 1850 in New Harmony, Indiana. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1872. After moving to Arkansas he established a law practice. While in Arkansas he was a colonel on the staff of Governor Clayton of Arkansas, and in 1873 served as a member of the Arkansas legislature. In 1876 he served as a delegate to the National Republican convention. By 1879, Prichard was living in Denver, Colorado, practicing law. In August of that year, he moved to New Mexico, making Las Vegas his home. He served as senator from San Miguel County (1887-1889). In 1902, he became district attorney for Socorro, Lincoln, Chaves and Eddy counties. He was appointed United States Attorney for the Territory, 1904-1907, by President Chester Arthur. He was a delegate to the New Mexico Constitution Convention in 1889 and in 1910. Afterwards, he established a private legal practice in Santa Fe.

Prichard's first wife, Agnes Whitmore was from Springfield, Vermont. They married in 1876 and she died in 1889. In November 1918, Prichard married Maude H. Hancock from Neoga, Illinois. She taught in the New Mexico public schools and at the Normal University of Las Vegas. In 1918 she served as New Mexico State chair of the Woman's Committee of the National Council of Defense. The Committee's job was to coordinate women's contributions to the war effort, and increase food production, conservation and preservation.


16 boxes ( 6 cu. ft. )


This collection contains materials on New Mexico legal cases, mining ventures and George W. Prichard's political life, as well as his legal, business, and personal correspondence. The collection also contains the papers of Maude Hancock Prichard, concerning New Mexico women's involvement in World War I relief activities.

Collection Available Online

Selected materials listed in this guide to the George W. Prichard Family Papers are available in digital format at the Center for Southwest Research's New Mexico Digital Collections. Search for the word "Prichard" under "Name of Collection" to find them there.

Related Material

Thomas B. Catron Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Ruth C. Miller Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Secundino Romero Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to the George Prichard Photograph Collection CSWR Pictorial Collections.

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • Bloom, Lansing B. New Mexico in the Great War. Santa Fe, New Mexico: El Palacio Press, 1927.
Finding Aid of the George W. Prichard Family Papers, 1894-1940
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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