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E. L. Moulton Papers

Identifier: MSS-387-BC

Scope and Content

The majority of this collection is E. L Moulton's correspondence concerning his business affairs with the Lucia Cash Store in Lucy, New Mexico (1910), Corona Trading Company in Lincoln County, a subsidiary of Ilfeld Company (1912), and Ilfeld Company in Albuquerque (1920-1952), which includes correspondence with Max Nordhaus. There is correspondence generated from Moulton's civic obligations with the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico Parking Authority, Rotary Club, etc. Letters (1943-1958) from Dr. Everett B. King of the First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, discuss financial matters of the church. Other correspondence, postcards, birthday and holiday cards are from his sister and brothers.

Clippings, publications, and pamphlets from the late 1940's concern Native American, particularly Navajo social and economic conditions. One pamphlet published by the New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs states its desire "to show the realistic side of the 'Indian Problem' from the points of view of those intimately acquainted with the Indians from various sections of the United States."

The collection includes various writings and speeches of Moulton. These include papers he presented at the Ten Dons meetings (including 1 photograph of the 50th anniversary dinner of Ten Dons, May 18, 1955), his pamphlet, Seventy years of progress; founding and development of Charles Ilfeld Company, 1865-1935, his book, New Mexico's future, an economic and employment appraisal, biographical materials, notes on sheep herding activities, and "the plight of the Navajos."

Throughout the collection there are written comments attached to the letters, clippings, etc. Evidently these notes were made when the family organized the material before giving it to the University of New Mexico.


  • 1910-1965
  • Majority of material found in 1912-1958

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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

Earl Lake Moulton, merchant, civic leader and writer, was born on September 26, 1878 in Leroy, Michigan. He was educated in Michigan public schools, graduating from Albion College and later attending the University of Chicago. After coming to New Mexico in 1902 for health reasons he herded sheep for two years before entering his own sheep business. He began a mercantile business in Lucy (Lucia), New Mexico. In 1912 he joined the Ilfeld Company at Corona, moving to Albuquerque in 1920 to become assistant to Max Nordhaus. In 1941, he became president and general manager of the Ilfeld Company, from which he retired in 1952. He served as chairman of its board until January 1957.

Moulton wrote for numerous civic and business publications. During World War II, he wrote scripts for "N. M. in War," a statewide radio program. During his time in New Mexico he was involved in various civic groups such as the Rotary Club of Albuquerque, Ten Dons and Boy Scouts of America. He died on June 25, 1958 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


3 boxes (1.5 cu. .ft.)


The majority of this collection is the business, legal, and personal correspondence of E. L. Moulton from 1910-1958.

Related Material

Ten Dons Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Charles Ilfeld Company Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Finding Aid of the E. L. Moulton Papers, 1910-1965 (bulk 1912-1958)
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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