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John S. Clack Family Papers

Identifier: MSS-388-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of business and personal correspondence relating to the Clack homestead in Tajique, N.M.. The business correspondence includes the original homestead entry form as well as applications and subsequent rejections for extensions on the improvements needed to retain the homestead. Records specific to cattle include receipts for cattle sold, certificates of bloodlines of bulls, certificates of John Clack's brand, and descriptions of various cattle owned by the Clacks. Personal correspondence includes stories and poems written by Jane Clack, a genealogy of the Finley family, and a ledger used to write both fiction and rough drafts of business correspondence. The majority of surviving letters relate to the struggling Torrance County homestead.


  • 1889-1926


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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 fcompliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Mr. and Mrs. John S. Clack filed for a 640-acre homestead near Tajique, N.M. in 1916. After several years working on their small ranch and farming operation, John Clack died in 1920. Unable to make housing improvements on their land, Jane Clack was forced to sell the homestead. After the sale she continued to live and work in the Tajique area.


1 box (1 cu. ft.)


The collection contains the personal and business papers of Tajique, N.M. homestead ranchers, John S. and Jane Clack.

Separated Material

Photographs transferred to the John S. Clack Photograph Collection .
Finding Aid of the John S. Clack Family Papers, 1889-1926
Processed by L. Bramwell
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 388 BC::John S. Clack Family Papers)//EN" "nmu1mss388bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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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