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Draft Records for New Mexico District Board for Division Number One

Identifier: MSS-82-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains records from the District Board Number One, State of New Mexico, U.S. Selective Service, headquartered in Sante Fe. The district board members included Charles Springer, Chairman, James Massie, M.D. Secretary, and members H.B. Karr, Antonio Lucero, Harry Bowman, Milton Helmick and Felix Garcia.

The first part of the collection consists of exemption claims. The claim forms were filled out by the draft board and divided into "Dependent" and "Agricultural" claim forms. Each form asks a number of questions as to the number of dependents, occupation, income, home ownership, encumbrance on property, types of crops or livestock raised, numbers of acres under cultivation or size of livestock herd. Each record is classified and marked approved or denied. The name of the person applying for the exemption is not included on the reports.

Twenty eight photoprint sets of county draft board records comprise the second part of the collection . Specifically, the sets are rosters of inductees sent by New Mexico and the initial Federal War Department receiving form.

The collection was previously called U.S. Selective Services System, New Mexico Draft Board records. The collection is not sorted or categorized in any way. All records are in English.


  • 1917-1918

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

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.

Institutional History

Following the U.S. entry into WWI, the Selective Service began processing the general draft of all males ages 18-45. Twenty-four million Americans fell into this category. The Selective Service divided males into three age categories, 18, 19-36, and 37-45. Men aged 19-36 were given highest priority and processed first. To accomplish this gargantuan task, the U.S. Selective Service appointed local boards that initially processed draftees.

In New Mexico, 81,013 men registered with the Selective Service. Of this number, 61,517 were eventually processed. The government held 19,457 men for service and inducted 9,050 from the state. In addition, 855 men were classified as deserters. Fourteen days after the November 11, 1918 armistice, the U.S. Selective Service halted draftee processing.


3 boxes (2.1 cu. ft.)


This collection contains U. S. Selective Service exemption claims and photoprint sets of county draft board records.

Related Material

Governor Octaviano A. Larrazolo Papers. New Mexico State Records Center and Archives. Governor Washington E. Lindsey Papers. New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.

Relevant Secondary Sources

  • Final Report of the Provost Marshal General to the Secretary of War on the operations of the Selective Service System to July 15, 1919. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1920.)
Finding Aid of the Draft Records for New Mexico District Board for Division Number One, 1917-1918
Processed by L. Bramwell
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Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 82 BC::Draft Records for New Mexico Board for Division Number One)//EN" "nmu1mss82bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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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