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Political Papers Archives

U.S. Senate

  • Holm Bursum Papers (Ms 0305). Bursum served as Senator from New Mexico from 1921-1925, completing the term of Albert B. Fall. A resident of Socorro, Bursum was also a significant figure in New Mexico politics during the late territorial and early statehood periods.
  • Pete V. Domenici Papers (Ms 0496). Former City Commissioner and Chairman of the City Commission for Albuquerque, Domenici was elected U.S. Senator from New Mexico in 1972. At the end of his term, in 2009, Domenici had served 36 years in congress. He ranks as the longest serving senator in New Mexico history and one of the top 20 longest serving senators in U.S. history. The Domenici Papers are currently being processed; researchers should contact the Political Papers Archivist for assistance.
  • Albert B. Fall Papers (Ms 0008). Fall served as one of New Mexico's first two Senators, from his election in 1912 until he resigned in 1921 to become Secretary of the Interior under President Warren G. Harding. Fall spent much of his New Mexico life in Las Cruces and other parts of Southern New Mexico. A major figure in New Mexico politics during both the late territorial and early statehood periods, Fall is chiefly known outside of the state for his role in the Teapot Dome scandal during his tenure as Interior Secretary

U.S. House of Representatives

  • Stephen B. Elkins Papers (Ms 0033) Former Mesilla attorney and Congressional territorial delegate from New Mexico, 1873-1877. Microfilm and copies from West Virginia University (where Elkins was later elected Senator).
  • Ed Foreman Papers (No Ms number currently assigned). Foreman has the distinction of being the first member of the U.S. House of Representatives elected from two different states – Texas (1963-1965) and New Mexico (1969-1971). Foreman was a New Mexico A&M (now known as New Mexico State University) Graduate in 1955. Collection is currently unprocessed, researchers should contact the Rio Grande Historical Collection Archivist or Political Papers Archivist.
  • Thomas G. Morris Papers (Ms 0031). U.S. Representative from New Mexico, from the Tucumcari area, served in the House from 1958-1969. Morris was defeated in his bid for re-election by Manuel Lujan, Jr. in 1968.
  • E.S. "Johnny" Walker Papers (Ms 0021) U.S. Representative from New Mexico (1965-1969), from the Albuquerque area. A former Commissioner of Public Lands for New Mexico, Walker was defeated in his bid for re-election by Ed Foreman in 1968. Collection is currently unprocessed, researchers should contact the Rio Grande Historical Collection Archivist or Political Papers Archivist.

Office of the Governor

  • Garrey Carruthers Papers (Ms 0305). President of NMSU since 2013, Carruthers is the former Dean of the NMSU College of Business Administration and Economics. Carruthers also served as Governor of New Mexico from 1987-1991. Elected in 1986, Carruthers was the first Republican Governor elected in New Mexico since David Cargo in 1968. Carruthers is also a NMSU alum, finishing his Master’s degree in 1965.
  • Herbert J. Hagerman Papers (Ms 0104). Territorial Governor of New Mexico, 1906-1907 (appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt). Part of the James John Hagerman Family Papers.
  • James F. Hinkle (Ms 0182). Governor of New Mexico, 1923-1924. Hinkle spent his adult life in Roswell, and also served as Commissioner of Public Lands for New Mexico.
  • Edwin L. Mechem Papers (Ms 0292) and Correspondence (AC 167) . Governor of New Mexico, 1951-1955, 1957-1959, 1961-1962. First governor in state history to serve four terms (elections were held every two years through the 1960s in New Mexico. Mechem appointed himself to complete Dennis Chavez’s term as U.S. Senator upon Chavez’s death in 1962, but was defeated for re-election in 1964 by Joseph Montoya. Mechem subsequently served as a Federal District Judge in New Mexico from 1970 to 1982, afterwards remaining on Senior Status until his 2002 death.

New Mexico Judiciary

  • Rudy Apodaca Papers (Ms 0443) – A Las Cruces area attorney, Apodaca was elected to the New Mexico Court of Appeals first in 1988 and re-elected in successive terms through 2000. Apodaca is also a novelist, and some of his works are in the holdings of the Special Collections unit.
  • John Lemon Family Papers (Ms 0233). Magistrate from the Territorial period, based in Mesilla.

State Senators

  • Aubrey Dunn (No Ms number currently assigned); accessions include RG 96-030, RG 99-154, RG 2000-188, as well as one oral interview (UA2002-008). State Senator, D-Lincoln-Otero Counties, 1964-1980. Dunn was defeated by John B. Irick in the Republican Primary for the office of Governor of New Mexico in 1982. Collection is currently unprocessed, researchers should contact the Rio Grande Historical Collection Archivist or Political Papers Archivist.
  • J. Paul Taylor Papers. State Senator from Mesilla, Dona Ana County. Elected as State Representative in 1990s and served through 2005. Several accessions of political related material among the Taylor Papers. Collection is currently unprocessed, researchers should contact the Rio Grande Historical Collection Archivist or Political Papers Archivist.

State Representatives

  • Sharlyn Linard Papers (no Ms number currently assigned). Former member of the New Mexico House of Representatives in the 1970s. Collection is currently unprocessed, researchers should contact the Rio Grande Historical Collection Archivist or Political Papers Archivist.
  • G.X. McSherry Collection (no Ms number currently assigned). Includes several accessions, notably RG 99-169, Mr. McSherry’s oral history. Also includes other family materials (RG88-198; RG83-049; RG87-127; RG99-005). Collection is currently unprocessed, researchers should contact the Rio Grande Historical Collection Archivist or Political Papers Archivist.
  • John Mershon Papers (Ms 0225) – State Representative, D-Otero County, 1960s-1982
  • William E. Porter (Ms 0343) State Representative, D-Dona Ana, 1986-1994. Orchardist and Mesilla Valley businessman.
  • David Townsend Papers. Ms 0095. (D-Otero). Former director of the Alamogordo branch of New Mexico State University and educator. Elected as State Representative in 1987, served through 1995.
  • Calla Eylar and Ulysses G. Wolfe Papers (Ms 0215) - Calla Eylar Wolfe served 5 terms in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1940-1950.

Lincoln and Dona Ana Counties

  • Herman Weisner Papers (Ms 0249). Research files of southern New Mexico historian who studied the Lincoln County War and politics of Dona Ana County in the latter part of the 19th Century and the early 20th Century. Includes material pertaining to Pat Garrett, Albert B. Fall, and Oliver Lee.

Las Cruces City Government

  • Marianne Hobbs Thaeler Papers (Ms 0087). First woman elected to the Las Cruces City Council, 1974. Local political activist and community leader.
  • Ronald Hudson Papers (Ms 0200). Materials donated by former Las Cruces City Commissioner, pertaining to his service on this body in the 1970s.


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