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John Baron Burg Papers

Identifier: MSS-37-BC

Scope and Content

The John Baron Burg collection contains Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia County land, property and business records from the Burg and Otero families. It also contains political and personal correspondence dealing with family matters and Burg’s campaign for Albuquerque Post Master and New Mexico District Attorney. The collection also contains three scrapbooks with newspaper clippings, letters, voting ballots, political cartoons and ephemera. One scrapbook contains clippings of a column series on the history of Valencia County written by Burg. Another scrapbook is composed of clippings about the dispute between Burg and the Albuquerque City Commission regarding the lighting franchise given to the Albuquerque Gas and Electric Company.

Collection is arranged into four series: Land Claim Titles, Political Correspondence, Personal Correspondence and Scrapbooks and Clippings.


  • 1901-1942

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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


John Baron Burg was born in Washington, D.C., on May 31, 1878. He attended Georgetown University and began his legal career in 1898. He came to Albuquerque in 1906 and was admitted to the Bar of the Second Judicial District Court on April 6, 1909. Burg served as probate judge of Bernalillo County and in the first state legislature of New Mexico. In 1936 he was elected district attorney of the Seventh Judicial District. Burg was interested in real estate and in various corporate enterprises. He developed a number of sub-divisions in Albuquerque and served as president of several companies. Burg died in Albuquerque on December 7, 1943.


2 Boxes (.80 cu. ft.)

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Separated Materials

Photographs have been transferred to the John Baron Burg Photograph Collection

Processing Information

Collection rehoused and description enhanced to address preservation issues and to improve clarity (April 2013).
Finding Aid of the John Baron Burg Papers, 1901-1942
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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