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William C. Leonard Letters

Identifier: MSS-503-SC

Scope and Content

This small collection contains photocopies of letters written by William C. Leonard to his uncle, N.W. Leonard of Middleboro, Massachusetts. The letters were written between 1876 and 1901 while William C. Leonard lived in New Mexico.

The letters deal primarily with sheep ranching, selling dry goods and real estate investment/rental.

Of particular interest, these letters discuss the real estate market price fluctuations in New Albuquerque.

The collection also contains some letters written in California, Colorado, Illinois and Kansas.


  • 1876-1901


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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

William C. Leonard, entrepreneur from the Middleboro, Massachusetts area, established residence in New Mexico and later New Albuquerque in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Prior to his residence in New Albuquerque, William C. Leonard lived and sought business prospects in Clifton, Troyburg and Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.

William C.Leonard was involved chiefly in sheep ranching, dry goods retail and property/land investment and rental. In 1881 he founded, along with Elmer Washburn, the E & L Washburn Clothing Store at Second and Gold.

In 1901 he sold his share of the E & L Washburn store and moved to California.


1 Folder

Finding Aid of the William C. Leonard Letters, 1876-1901
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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