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Emlen Hall papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 897 BC

Scope and Content

The Emlen Hall collection consists of audio interviews conducted with a variety of individuals, government officials, and attorneys in New Mexico and Texas involved with water issues and litigation, particularly relating to the Pecos River. These interviews were used prominently in Hall’s publication, High and Dry: The Texas-New Mexico Struggle for the Pecos River. Other interviews relate to a New Mexico lawyers oral history project and the rest relate to research and publications projects (United States Forest Service water adjudication case, "Annals of Litigation" project). A few of the interviews have been transcribed. Interviewees include Edwin Mechem (Judge of US District Court in Albuquerque, former New Mexico Governor and U.S. Senator); Paul Bloom (chief attorney, New Mexico State Engineer’s Office); Carl Slingerland (engineer in charge of the Pecos River Basin for the Interstate Stream Commission); Nelson Morgan (Roswell farmer and member of the early Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District); Eliud Martinez (20 year veteran of the NM State Engineer’s office and Santa Fe County politician); Jay Forbes (longtime lawyer for the Carlsbad Irrigation District); Doug Caroom (assistant Attorney General in charge of Texas’ part in Texas v. New Mexico); Texas lawyers Renea Hicks and Paul Eliot; Sherman “Pinky" Galloway (consulting geologist and ex-NM State Engineer); Robert Nordhaus (NM attorney/advocate of Indian law); Richard Simms (chief lawyer for NM), and others.

Dates

  • 1981-2004

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. Duplication of recordings permitted only with written permission from artist, performer, interviewer and interviewee, tribal authority, or current holder of intellectual property rights. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publications or distribution.

Biography / History

UNM Emeritus Professor of Law, Emlen Hall received his B.A. from Princeton and his law degree from Harvard. He has focused his research and writing on the history of land and water in the Southwest. He has written two books on water issues, Four Leagues of Pecos: A Legal History of the Pecos Grant, 1800 to 1933 (1984) and High and Dry: The Texas-New Mexico Struggle for the Pecos River (2002).

Prior to joining the UNM law faculty in 1983, he spent seven years at the State Engineer's Office. During his time there, he wrote an administrative history of the Pecos River Compact from its inception in 1949 to 1974. This was the beginning of his research for High and Dry

When Hall first arrived in New Mexico in 1969, he wrote for and edited the New Mexico Review, a monthly investigative journal. He also practiced law in Pecos, where he lived, and served as village planner, attorney and municipal judge for the Village of Pecos. He has worked for Northern New Mexico Legal Services and the New Mexico Land Grant Demonstration Project.

Source: UNM School of Law faculty profile web page.

Extent

3 boxes (.4 cu. ft.)

Abstract

The Emlen Hall collection consists of audio interviews conducted with a variety of individuals, government officials, and attorneys in New Mexico and Texas involved with water issues and litigation, particularly relating to the Pecos River.

Separated Material

Publications were transferred to University Libraries. Master audio files are on University Libraries’ file server.

Processing Information

Original interviews recorded on cassette tapes and mini cassettes tapes were transferred to CD in August 2012. Note that there are no CDs numbered 28 or 53.
Title
Finding Aid of the Emlen Hall papers, 1981-2004
Status
Edited Full Draft
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131
505-277-6451