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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
New Mexico Documents Collection
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1777-1890
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1
Spanish; Castilian


Consists of retained copies of 66 notarial documents for primarily 19th-century land transactions in what is now the state of New Mexico.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of retained copies of notarial documents -- land transfers, wills, inventories of possessions, sales of houses, and depositions related to estate/inheritance matters -- for transactions in what is now the state of New Mexico. There are 66 documents, on paper, in Spanish and English (of the atter, there is only one), bearing such place-names as Río Arriba, Las Truchas, Santa Fe, El Embudo, and others in New Mexico. The lack of notaries explains the absence of legal orthography in these documents, and none bears legal stamps. Several documents show women (as wives and daughters and as their own persons) owning personal property, whether that might be several plots of land or a herd of goats, and one document (#36) mentions visiting Apache Indians. Folio and smaller, approx. 81 pp. total.


Organized chronologically.

Collection History


Assembled in the nineteenth century by collector LeBaron Bradford Prince (Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1889–93). Probably in the inventory of the Denver book dealer Rosenstock in the 1950s or 1960s. Acquired by private collector Weldon Paul Zundel of Golden, Colorado. Given or sold to an unidentified university. Deaccessioned and sold to dealer in 2010.

Purchased from Philadelphia Manuscript Company by Princeton University Library in February 2011 (AM2011-73).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney on February 14, 2011. Finding aid written by John Delaney on February 14, 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

New Mexico Documents Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1