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Papers of Albert B. Fall, 1887-1941
FA boxes 1-109  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Papers of Albert B. Fall, 1887-1941
    Dates: 1887-1941
    Collection Number: FA boxes 1-109
    Creator/Collector: Fall, Albert B. (Albert Bacon), 1861-1944
    Extent: 55,000 pieces
    Repository: Huntington Library. Manuscripts Department
    Abstract: Archive belonging to Senator Albert Bacon Fall.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open to all qualified researchers.

    Preferred Citation

    Papers of Albert B. Fall, 1887-1941. Huntington Library. Manuscripts Department

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mahlon T. Everhart, Jr., 1952-1963.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Albert B. Fall, senator from New Mexico (1912-21) and secretary of the Interior (1921-23), came to the West from his native Kentucky, entered the field of law, purchased a large cattle ranch, and entered New Mexico politics. He was one of the state's first senators and chairman of the Senate Subcommittee Investigating Mexican Affairs. As secretary of the Interior he concentrated his efforts on the development of the nation's resources, such as the controversy over Alaskan resources, the transfer from the Forestry Bureau to the Interior Department, the building of Boulder Dam, and the leasing of the Elk Hills (CA) and Teapot Dome (WY) Naval Oil Reserves. These oil leases ended his career and Fall, deemed guilty of having accepted a bribe, was sentenced to prison and died in 1944.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collection contains letters and documents related to the following subjects: Fall's terms of office as senator for New Mexico and secretary of the Interior (1912-23), family affairs (1907-41), and personal business (1912-23); politics and government (both in New Mexico and on a national level); New Mexico (especially land, water, forest, and mineral questions); Mexico (including the testimony before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee Investigating Mexican Affairs); reclamation projects (especially the Colorado River Project and Elephant Butte Dam); Indian Affairs (particularly with the Apache, Navajo, and Pueblo tribes); Alaska. Significant persons represented in the collection include: Holm Olaf Bursum (31 pieces), Thomas Benton Catron (5), George Curry (20), Harry Micajah Daugherty (15), Henry Ossian Flipper (25), Warren Gamaliel Harding (25), Herbert Clark Hoover (10), Charles Evans Hughes (23), Franklin Knight Lane (24), Robert Lansing (21), Henry Cabot Lodge (13), Stephen Tyng Mather (10), Theodore Roosevelt (10), Woodrow Wilson (15).

    Indexing Terms

    Cabinet officers - United States - Archives
    Conservation of natural resources - West (U.S.)
    Indians of North America - New Mexico
    Legislators - United States - Archives
    Natural resources - West (U.S.)
    Oil industries - West (U.S.)
    Teapot Dome Scandal, 1921-1920
    Water reuse - New Mexico
    Bursum, Holm Olaf
    Catron, Thomas Benton, 1840-1921
    Curry, George, 1861-1947
    Daugherty, H. M.(Harry Micajah), 1860-1941
    Flipper, Henry Ossian, 1856-1940
    Harding, Warren G.,(Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923
    Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
    Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948
    Lane, Franklin K.
    Lansing, Robert, 1864-1928
    Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924
    Mather, Stephen Tyng, 1867-1930
    Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
    Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
    United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations
    United States. Dept. of the Interior
    Mexico - History - Revolution, 1910-1920
    Mexico - Foreign relations - United States
    New Mexico - History
    New Mexico - Politics and government
    United States - Foreign relations - Mexico
    Letters (correspondence) - United States

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