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Sue Sterling Collection on Ranching in Crownpoint, New Mexico

Identifier: MSS-1108-BC

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of material related to ranches and ranching in northwestern New Mexico, primarily in the vicinity of Crownpoint. The collection includes research notes; recollections of ranching and life; photographs; copies of land documents; correspondence; extracts of federal census returns related to ranching families; maps; genealogical information; and photocopies of articles on local history.


  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 2022

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

As a University of New Mexico student beginning in 1960, Sue Sterling and her future husband Don often visited Don’s family in Crownpoint, New Mexico. There Don Sterling’s uncle and aunt, Don and Audrey Walker, owned and operated the Crownpoint Trading Post, a garage and a laundromat. Audrey Walker also ran the Post Office out of the Trading Post. Inspired by the stories she heard during these visits, Sue Sterling collected histories, recollections, documents and other material relating to the ranches and ranching life in the area. Sue Sterling was assisted in the gathering of this information by William Miller, Jr.


1 Box

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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