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William T. McCreight Papers

Identifier: MSS-6-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of typescript and photocopies of typescript articles written by McCreight in 1920 and 1928, as well as photocopies of articles written by McCreight and printed in various newspapers between 1923 and 1928. The collection also contains memorabilia (calling cards, souvenir envelopes, postcards, etc.) from receptions and gatherings. There is a pencil drawing of William T. McCreight (undated, unsigned) and one copper on wood block engraving (a Ben-Day print) with McCreights image.


  • 1881-1936


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic 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 T. McCreight arrived in Albuquerque on September 17, 1880. A native of Kentucky, he came to New Mexico from St. Louis, Missouri. McCreight held a variety of journalistic and political positions. He was a charter member of the Albuquerque Typographical Union. McCreight was City Editor of the Albuquerque Daily Citizen and part owner of the Citizen during the infamous Borrego case, in which the editor and co-owner, Tom Hughes was sentenced and served sixty days in jail for publishing an inflammatory article allegedly written by Thomas B. Catron. McCreight ran the newspaper during Hughes imprisonment. McCreight was also associated with the morning and evening editions of the Albuquerque Journal, the Albuquerque Herald, the Albuquerque Tribune, and theSocorro Daily Sun. His columns covered the old days in Albuquerque, human interest articles, and lengthy obituaries of well-known citizens. He served Albuquerque as Fire Chief, City Clerk, and desk sergeant for the Police Department. He was the first president of the New Mexico Volunteer Firemans Association. Having been a baseball player for the St. Louis Browns, McCreight founded the Albuquerque Browns baseball team and put together a youth team, McCreights Colts. McCreight apparently left New Mexico around 1930.


1 box (.26 cu. ft.)

Language of Materials


Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to William T. McCreight Photograph Collection.
Finding Aid of the William T. McCreight Papers,1881-1936
Described by M.P.Fletcher
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

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