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Hindi Brothers Business Papers

Identifier: MSS-1030-BC

Scope and Content

This collection of papers partially documents the Hindi Brothers' business enterprises, particularly ranching interests, from 1919-1944. It consists of letters, wool contracts, bills of sale, invoices, receipts, canceled checks, and other documents. Some Arabic writing is present in the documents.


  • 1918-1944
  • Majority of material found within 1929-1937

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The collection is open for research.

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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

Milhelm and Ali Hindi were from a trading family in Zahlé, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon. In the early 1900s Milhelm emigrated to the United States, came first to Las Vegas New Mexico, and then settled in the small community of Duran, where the Lebanese Coury family was also established in local business. In 1908 he opened a general merchandise store.

William's brother Ali joined him a few years later. Milhelm and Ali changed their names to William and Alex. They established their business as “Wm. Hindi and Bro.” They bought large ranches and expanded into sheep and cattle ranching.

In 1916 Alex married Clarita Duran, daughter of one of the town founders. William married his Lebanese cousin Razmieh. While blending well into their rural New Mexico community, the brothers maintained some Lebanese cultural roots, giving their children Lebanese names.


1 box (3.5 in.)

Finding Aid of the Hindi Brothers Business Papers, 1918-1944
Wendy Pedersen
© 2019
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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