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Minton, Charles Ethrige
Charles Ethrige Minton Papers
Manuscripts Division
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19 boxes and 9.10 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-19


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.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of correspondence and papers of Minton. Included in the collection is correspondence with Elizabeth Hoyt, Joel L. Jimanez, Katie Noe, Raymond Ortiz, and others, as well as subject files on the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs, Indian youth councils, the Commission on Indian Affairs, tribal affairs, and other Indian related topics. Also present are extensive newspaper clipping files (1960s-1970s), primarily concerning Navajo and Pueblo Indian affairs, and several audiotapes of unidentified contents.

Collection Creator Biography:

Minton, Charles Ethrige

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.

Collection History

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2000. Finding aid written in 2000.

Collection was treated for mold and animal droppings in 1999.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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:

Charles Ethrige Minton Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-19