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Clement March Diaries and Letter

Identifier: MSS-26-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of thirteen journals, or diaries, kept by Clement March, 1854-1869 (missing the years 1865 and 1868.) Many of the entries note his interests in mining and stock trading, including amounts paid and accounts due. Other prominent entries deal with the family farm or with social visits. Playing whist was a favorite entertainment; he recorded winnings and losses for the year in the back of the volumes. The single letter in the collection is addressed to Charles W. March and is concerned with the election of Daniel Webster to the state legislature.


  • 1854-1869


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Access Restrictions

Researchers must use the microfilm edition of the collection: CT 248 M57x.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication is allowed from the microfilm copy for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


Clement March, 1816-1878, lived in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, various locations in New Hampshire, and, in his later life, in West Virginia. He was born in Greenland, New Hampshire and is buried in the family tomb there. March ran the family farm and was a speculator in mines and mining stocks. Plagued by bad investments and poor money management, he lost close to $100,000 between 1854-1855. In 1863-64 he inherited $300,000 and he also lost that. He was forced to vacate the farm in 1869 when it was placed in receivership to satisfy his debts. That same year he was indicted by a Portsmouth, New Hampshire grand jury for concealing assets; the journals end before resolution of the case.


1 box (.35 cu.ft.)

Microfilm Edition

Four reels filmed at the University of New Mexico: CSWR CT 248 M57x

Related Material

John Howard March Company Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Charles March Stephens Journal Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.


Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
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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