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Albert W. Thompson Papers

Identifier: MSS-79-BC

Scope and Content

The Albert W. Thompson Papers contain news clippings, articles, and manuscripts about the early days in the West, specifically, Clayton, Union County, and northeastern New Mexico. Most of the materials were written by Thompson, however, some of the newspaper columns were written by others. Black Jack Ketchem is a prominent subject within the collection. Miscellaneous materials include flyers, correspondence, a map, and notes.


  • 1893-1948


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The collection is open for research.

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Limited duplication is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


Albert W. Thompson, pioneer Clayton businessman, publisher, civic leader, and historian, was born in Belfast, Maine on May 17, 1864. He was sent to Colorado in 1884 because of ill health. He attended Colorado College for one year, but health problems forced him to abandon his studies. He left Colorado Springs, and moved to New Mexico.

Thompson entered the sheep and real estate businesses in Clayton, N.M. in 1889. He also served as secretary of the Republican Central Committee of Union County. Thompson was Claytons second postmaster (1889-1893?). In 1897, President McKinley appointed him receiver of public money at the U.S. land office in Clayton, a position which he held from 1898-1906.

In 1889, Thompson purchased the Clayton Enterprise, which he operated for two years. Shortly after his wife and son died during childbirth (1905), Thompson left Clayton. He relocated to Denver, but maintained Clayton business interests, and continued to contribute historical columns to local newspapers, as well as writing for Colorado Magazine and Cattleman. Thompson died on May 10, 1951. He left a large portion of his estate to the Clayton Public Library


1 box (.5 cu. ft.)

Related Material

Pioneers Foundation Oral History Collection Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to the Albert Thompson Photograph Collection.

Relevant Secondary Sources

History of Union County 1803-1980: A Chronicle of Union County. Clayton, N.M.: Union County Historical Society, 1980.
Santa Fe New Mexican. December 10, 1901.
  • History of Union County 1803-1980: A Chronicle of Union County.Clayton, N.M.:Union County Historical Society,1980.
  • Santa Fe New Mexican.December 10, 1901.
Finding Aid of the Albert W. Thompson Papers, 1893-1948
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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