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G. L. Brooks Correspondence

Identifier: MSS-9-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of twenty-six letter press books containing about 35,000 copies of typed and handwritten business letters dating 1884-1894 by George L. Brooks. Each volume contains a name index. The letters cover cattle raising and sales of sheep, horses, cattle, and land in New Mexico, Texas, and other western states. Additional subjects include business affairs of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company and other business news of Albuquerque and Socorro during the 1880s and 1890s.


  • 1848-1894

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

Biographical Information

George L. Brooks was born at Bedford, Massachusetts, on September 27, 1848. In 1881 he moved to New Mexico on the recommendation of his New York City physicians. He was a businessman involved in real estate, insurance, and livestock sales. During the 1890s he served as Livestock Agent for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad; also as General Manager for the Blanchard Meat and Supply Co. He was one of the organizers of the Commercial Club in Albuquerque. According to the 1896 Albuquerque City Directory, this organization was composed of the leading men of the city in all trades and professions. Also serving as business manager of the University of New Mexico, Brooks was responsible for getting the University lands around the state surveyed and gathering accurate information on the property. From 1913-1919 he was chairman of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents. Brooks died on August 10, 1931.


26 Volumes

Related Archival Material

Gross, Kelly and Company Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company Stockyard Records Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico


Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
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Finding Aid of the G. L. Brooks Correspondence, 1848-1894
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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