Biography and History

Charles E. Minton, who came to Santa Fe in 1930, left a successful law career in St. Louis, Missouri, to devote his time to work among the Indians and to carry out various writing projects in New Mexico history. As state supervisor of the Writers( Program of the Work Projects Administration, he was in charge of preparing New Mexico, A Guide to the Colorful State (1947). He also prepared a bilingual book, The Spanish-American Song and Game Book (1942). Minton served as executive director of the New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs. He organized the first Indian Youth Council which was designed to interest Indians in higher education. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the New Mexico Boys( Ranch. Minton authored Juan of Santo Niño: An Authentic Account of Pioneer Life in New Mexico, 1863-1864 in 1973.

Source: From the finding aid for WC125

  • Charles Ethrige Minton Papers. 1954-1976 (inclusive).

    Call Number: WC125

    A former lawyer in St. Louis, Missouri, Minton moved to New Mexico to work among the Indians. His subsequent positions include State Supervisor of the Writer’s Program of the Works Progress Administration, Executive Director of the State Commission on Indian Affairs, and Executive Secretary of the New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs. Consists of correspondence and papers of Minton.