Contents and Arrangement

1850-1859, 1850-1859

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


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.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

1850-1859; New Mexico Documents Collection, C1397, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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