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Acequia de Abajo (Sandoval County, N.M.) Records

Identifier: MSS-687-BC

Scope and Content

The collection contains original records of the Acequia de Abajo, or Acequia de Corrales, Precinct 2, Sandoval County. The main component of the collection is a ledger containing the mayordomo's journal and timelines, and the treasurers' ledger from 1919-1934. The mayordomo was, according to acequia regulations, to make full written reports of the money received and expended. The treasurer was then to present these reports to the Corrales Acequia Association. The journal provides insight into the cleaning and maintenance of the acequia, as well as documenting who the landowners were and how much irrigable land they owned. In addition to the original ledger, there are photocopies of the entire ledger as well as selected transcriptions from the journal. The transcriptions were made by José A. Rivera while researching his book, Acequia Culture: Water, Land and Community in the Southwest.

The collection is in Spanish.


  • 1919-1934


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Access Restrictions

Entire ledger is photocopied in folder 1 of this collection. Patrons should use photocopies instead of fragile original.

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.

Institutional History

The Acequia de Abajo, or Acequia de Corrales was created by the original Mexicano settlers and functioned, as with all acequias, as a community-based institution. The acequia or ditch is still being used today, although it is now maintained and managed by the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. During the period covered by this collection, 1919 to 1934, the Corrales Valley was a farming area well outside of Albuquerque with almost every resident owning irrigable land. The ownership of irrigable land was the essential criteria for becoming a voting member of the Acequia de Corrales. Compared with other acequias, the Corrales Ditch is much greater in size and has a larger number of irrigators.


1 box (.22 cu. ft.)


The collection documents the history of the Acequia de Abajo, Precinct 2, Sandoval County, N.M. between 1919 and 1934.

Related Material

José A. Rivera Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District minutes Rio Grande Historical Collections, New Mexico State University Library.
Finding Aid of the Acequia de Abajo (Sandoval County, N.M.) Records, 1919-1934
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Revision Statements

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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