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New Mexico Indian Affairs Historical Documents

Identifier: MSS-987-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains transcriptions and translations of colonial period documents related to Pueblo and Spanish land issues and interactions between Pueblo leaders and Spanish officials. The territorial period documents are mostly original letters to and from officials from the Indian School in Santa Fe, Zuni boarding school, Pueblo Indian Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, US military, and attorneys, educators and Pueblo Officials and parents of students in Indian School. This correspondence deals with varied issues including social conflicts, land boundaries and every day operation of schools and Indian agencies. The oversize series contain statements and reports that are mostly from U.S. Indian Industrial School in Santa Fe and have information about students (arrivals and departures) and daily school operation.

Arrangement: Chronological by date within historical period or series. Organized into three series: Spanish Colonial Period Documents; U.S. Territorial Period & 1900s; Oversize Documents.


  • 1689-1963

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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.

Biography / History

Collection acquired by educator and historian Francisco Sisneros. How or why these materials were originally collected is unknown but most relate to Pueblo land and boarding school issues.


2 Boxes (1.5 cubic feet)


This collection contains mostly documents related to affairs of Pueblo Indian communities and schools.

Related Archival Material

Indian Affairs Collection, 1684-1903 (MSS 16) Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. New Mexico Indian Agent correspondence and documents, 1853 (MSS 901) Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of New Mexico Indian Affairs Historical Documents, 1689-1963
Samuel Sisneros
© 2018
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Revision Statements

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

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