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Horatio O. Ladd Papers

Identifier: MSS-3-BC

Scope and Content

This collection of 177 items, dated 1839-1932 with the bulk covering 1881-1887, focuses primarily on the Ladd family, their friends and colleagues, the Ramona School, and the University of New Mexico at Santa Fe. Ladd's autobiographical notes and diary, covering 1881-1884, concern the founding of the University of New Mexico at Santa Fe and the Ramona School. The correspondence mostly concerns raising funds for the University of New Mexico at Santa Fe, and contains letters in support of Indian education, including some from President Grover Cleveland. There are clippings about the Ramona Industrial Girls' School and description and travel in the Southwest. The collection also contains a handwritten notebook of 550 words in Apache and Navajo with some English equivalents, Ladd's notes for lectures on the education work in Santa Fe, and publications such as the 5th (1885-1886) and 6th(1886-1887) annual catalogues of the University of New Mexico at Santa Fe and the annual financial statement of the University for June 15, 1885 to August 16, 1886.


  • 1879-1932 (bulk 1881-1887)

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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Information

Rev. Horatio O. Ladd, educator and minister, was born in Hallowell, Maine on August 31, 1839. He was educated at Bowdoin and the Yale Divinity School. In 1879 he was appointed principal of the Santa Fe Academy. After an unsatisfactory relation with the Academy school board, he helped found the University of New Mexico at Santa Fe in 1881. He served as the first and only President of the University. He aided in founding the Ramona Industrial School for Indian Girls of the Southwest. In 1889 he left New Mexico, returning to the east to enter the ministry of the Episcopal Church. He died February 16, 1932 in Brookland, Massachusetts.


1 box (.45 cu. ft.)

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to Horatio Oliver Ladd Photograph Collection.
Finding Aid of the Horatio O. Ladd Papers, 1879-1932 ( bulk 1881-1887)
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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