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Ortiz y Pino Family Papers

Identifier: MSS-336-BC

Scope and Content

This collection has two main components. The first part contains clippings and assorted unpublished writings regarding the historic significance of Pedro Bautista Pino as New Mexico's first legislator and Representative to Spanish parliament in the 19th century. This part of the collection includes biographical information about Pedro Bautista Pino as well as news items regarding the commemoration of his 1810 visit to Spain in 1975, and the participation of Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven in these festivities. Information regarding the genealogy of the Ortiz family is interspersed throughout the documents.

The second portion of the collection contains a scrapbook compiled by Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven spanning roughly 20 years (1930s and 1940s). Among her memorabilia are items reflecting her professional life as a member of the House of Representatives, as well as those which shed light on her personal life. Items in the collection include photos, cards, letters of thanks and of courtship, invitations, telegrams, newspaper clippings, sheet music, programs, poetry, legislative memos, and assorted other items reflecting all aspects of her life -- both political and social, professional and private.

Materials in this collection are written in English and Spanish.


  • 1696-1984
  • Majority of material found in 1975-1984

Language of Materials

English Spanish

Access Restrictions

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.

Family history

The Ortiz family has been prominent in New Mexican history and politics since before the Territorial Period. Nicolas Ortiz II, Niño Ladrón de Guevara (also written Guebara), was born in Mexico to Nicolas Ortiz I, who joined colonists in Zacatecas in 1693 and served as aid to Governor of New Mexico, Don Diego de Vargas. Nicolas Ortiz II received the Caja del Rio land grant in Santa Fe County by authority of the King, himself.

In addition to having two family members designated land grantees (Nicolás Ortiz II and Don Antonio Ortiz), Ramon Ortiz, son of Antonio Ortiz was the last Spanish priest at the Juarez Mission. Col. Miguel E. Pino served with the First Regiment, New Mexican Volunteers, Union Army in the 1860s. Don Nicolas Pino was Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6, in 1868. Don Jose Ortiz y Pino was a member of the State Legislature, House of Representatives, 1926-1942. Sra. Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven served as a member of the State Legislature, House of Representatives, 1936-1942. She was the first woman Majority Whip in the Legislature. Jose Ortiz y Pino III was elected State Senator, 1964-1966.

Pedro Bautista Pino, husband of Ana María Baca, and thus descendant of Nicolás Ortiz II by marriage, was elected to represent the Province of New Mexico to the Spanish Cortes (the Spanish Parliament) in Cádiz, Spain, from the inception of this institution in 1810 to its dissolution by Fernando VII in 1814. Pino was the first legislator of the territory. Prior to this appointment, Pedro Bautista Pino was a New Mexico rancher who held the position of Alcalde of Tomé. He was appointed Commissioner for the settlement of the Pecos valley by Governor Chacon as well as Regidor of Santa Fe. In 1810, he was elected New Mexico's first and only Delegate to the Cortes in Spain. His report to the Cortes, "La exposición sucinta y sencilla de la provincia del nuevo mundo," was published in Cádiz, Spain. In his report on the conditions in the province of New Mexico, don Pedro petitioned the Court to establish a bishopric in Santa Fe, to establish of a seminary college and public schools, for uniformity in military service, and to establish a civil and criminal audiencia in Chihuahua.

Pedro Bautista Pino's grandson, José Ortiz y Pino, and his great-granddaughter, Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven, followed in his footsteps (in keeping with a promise made by the first legislator that each generation of his family would serve the government), becoming legislators themselves. In addition to her position as the first female majority whip in the House of Representatives, where she served from 1936-1942, Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven's work as a research assistant in the Washington Office of the Historical Records Survey, as a member of the advisory committee on women's participation in the 1939 World's Fair in New York, as a correspondent regarding the Coronado Cuarto Centennial celebration in 1940, as president of the Santa Fe Women's Aero Club and as a proponent for bilingual education in New Mexico are also reflected in this collection.


1 box ( .38 cu. ft.)


This collection contains papers and memorabilia from various members of the Ortiz y Pino family, including Pedro Bautista Pino, and Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven.

Related material

Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Caja del Rio Grant Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Three photographs of the Ortiz y Pino family have been transferred to Ortiz y Pino family photograph collection.
Finding Aid of the Ortiz y Pino Family Papers, 1696-1984 (bulk 1975-1984)
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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