Finding Aid to James Addison Reavis and the Peralta Claim MS.635
Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library2012 October 25
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
Title: James Addison Reavis and the Peralta Claim
Identifier/Call Number: MS.635
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Date: 1942 May
Abstract: This is a thesis entitled "James Addison Reavis and the Peralta Claim" by Newton A. Johnson. It was presented to the Department of History, University of Southern California in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree Master of Arts in May 1942. The appendix to the thesis includes copies of legal documents from 1883-1895, photographs, and a map.
creator: Johnson, Newton A.
James Addison Reavis (1843-1914) arrived in Arizona in 1882 and filed claim on more than twelve million acres of land in Arizona and New Mexico based on altered Spanish land grant documents; he gained fame as the "Baron of Arizona." He served a short term in a New Mexico prison, then returned to Arizona under the alias J.A. Ashley-Reavis.
This is a thesis entitled "James Addison Reavis and the Peralta Claim" by Newton A. Johnson. It was presented to the Department of History, University of Southern California in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree Master of Arts in May 1942. The appendix to the thesis includes copies of legal documents from 1883-1895, photographs, and a map.
Reavis was a swindler and forger, famous for attempting to fraudulently obtain 7,500 sq. miles of Arizona Territory by falsifying documents in Mexico and Spain to show a Spanish land grant to Don Miguel Peralta in 1748.
James Addison Reavis and the Peralta Claim, 1942, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.635.
Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 25, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).
Donated by Newton A. Johnson, 1942 June.
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Subjects and Indexing Terms
Reavis, James Addison, 1843-1914
Arizona -- History
Fraud -- Arizona
Land grants -- Arizona
Swindlers and swindling -- Arizona