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New Mexico Governors' Proclamations and Documents

Identifier: MSS-67-SC

Scope and Content

This collection, compiled at the University of New Mexico, contains the documents created by New Mexico governors proclaiming laws and commemorative events relevant to the citizens and inhabitants of New Mexico. Contents include a number of civic proclamations made by New Mexico governors between 1737 and 2005. Legal edicts include Don Enrique de Olivade y Michelenas 1737 prohibition against exporting agricultural products outside of New Mexico. Another proclamation creates a statutory holiday on Armistice Day, 1919. Commemorative proclamations included are statements issued in recognition of Thanksgiving and Arbor Days. Most of the proclamations were made by governors of the State of New Mexico, although some documents were created by territorial governors, and the Don Enrique proclamation represents an edict of the era of Spanish rule.

Of note is the Spanish language, hand-written and signed proclamation by Don Enrique de Olivade y Michelena, Governor of New Mexico under Spanish rule, prohibiting sales and export of livestock and wool from New Mexico. The Don Enrique proclamation is a photoprint of the hand-written and signed original; Spanish and English typed transcriptions accompany the photoprint.

Other proclamations in the collection are type-written. Many are printed with the New Mexico seal and other decorations. There are four Thanksgiving proclamations by William C. McDonald, the first governor of the State of New Mexico (1913-1916). Other proclamations were issued for Arbor Day (1960), Armenian and Syrian relief after World War I (1919), declaration of Armistice Day as a legal holiday (1919), and an order to decorate train stations for a 1919 visit to New Mexico of the King and Queen of Belgium. The collection includes short reports concerning tourism and county financial assessments. There are also letters written by governors to their constituents and notices of gubernatorial appointments. Three documents state the inability of Territorial Governor, S.B. Axtell, to find government letterhead.

All proclamations are in English other than the Don Enrique proclamation, which is in Spanish and English.In February 2001, 4 items were added to this collection. These items were formerly contained in MSS 176, New Mexico State Government Documents.

A proclamation by Governor Bill Richardson was added to the collection in December 2005 directing all state government departments and agencies to begin using the original Pueblo name Ohkay Owingeh for what was formerly known as San Juan Pueblo.


  • 1737-2005


Language of Materials

English Spanish

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


1 folder, plus 1 oversize folder


This collection contains proclamations and documents issued by New Mexico governors for various occasions between 1737 and 2005. Most proclamations reflect commemorative events.
Finding Aid of the New Mexico Governors' Proclamations and Documents, 1737-2005
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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