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E. Meek Diary

Identifier: MSS -221 -SC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one diary which covers 8 months of E. Meek's life in Raton, N. M., 1892-1893. The entries include daily observations on the local weather, railroad trains coming into the depot, train destinations, co-workers, train wrecks, strikes and, train orders. Meek records town shootings, thefts, local fights, and the arrival of the Circuit Court. The diary has many entries about boxing, both professional and his own amateur endeavors. He writes of gambling at the Crystal Palace in the east part of town called Chihuahua (later called Buena Vista). There are several entries that elude to an unrequited romantic interest. He describes Labor Day and Christmas celebrations, Presbyterian church socials, dancing, and black musicians. He mentions events of nature like a comet and a solar eclipse that couldn't be seen because of cloud cover. Meek often mentions his mother, Mamie. He observed an Indian fiesta at Taos, and mentions his visits to other New Mexico towns like Las Vegas, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.

Annotations to the diary were made by Meek in 1951.


  • 1892 May 27 - 1983 Jan. 28

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The collection is open for research.

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Meek was born in Nebraska on Nov. 16, 1872. On Aug. 22, 1892 at the age of 20, he moved to Raton, N.M. to work for the railroad. His exact occupation is unclear, he was either a telegraph operator or a railroad station man. His diary covers the period from May 27, 1892-Jan.28, 1893.


1 volume (15 x 10 cm.)

Finding Aid of the E. Meek Diary, 1892 May 27 - 1983 Jan. 28
Processed by Illene Renfro
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Finding aid is in English

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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