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William Gillet Ritch Papers: Finding Aid
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Bound Volumes

RI 66

Fernando VII, King of Spain. Death Warrant for Antonio Carbojal... Apr. 5, 1809.

 

Valdez, Santiago. Biografía del Reverendo Padre. 1877 [3 volumes].

RI 2210 vol. 1

Valdez, Santiago. Biografía del Reverendo Padre. 1877.

RI 2210 vol. 2

Valdez, Santiago. Biografía del Reverendo Padre. 1877.

RI 2210 vol. 3

Valdez, Santiago. Biografía del Reverendo Padre. 1877.

 

Valdez, Santiago. Biografía del Reverendo Padre... 1877 [2 volumes].

RI 2211 vol. 1

Valdez, Santiago. Biografía del Reverendo Padre... 1877.

RI 2211 vol. 2

Valdez, Santiago. Biografía del Reverendo Padre... 1877.

 

Ritch, William Gillet. Notebooks. c. 1890 [7 volumes].

RI 2212 vol. 1

Ritch, William Gillet. Notebook. c. 1890.

RI 2212 vol. 2

Ritch, William Gillet. Notebook. c. 1890.

RI 2212 vol. 3

Ritch, William Gillet. Notebook. c. 1890.

RI 2212 vol. 4

Ritch, William Gillet. Notebook. c. 1890.

RI 2212 vol. 5

Ritch, William Gillet. Notebook. c. 1890.

RI 2212 vol. 6

Ritch, William Gillet. Notebook. c. 1890.

RI 2212 vol. 7

Ritch, William Gillet. Notebook. c. 1890.

RI 2213

Ritch, William Gillet. Topical Index to his own Works. c. 1890.

RI 2214 (vol. 1-8)

Ritch, William Gillet. Topical Index to his own... c. 1890 [8 volumes in 1 box].

RI 2215

New Mexico. Board of Commissioners... Letterbook. Jan. 19, 1853-Nov. 28, 1854.

RI 2216

Arny, William F. M. Letterbook. General correspondence... Dec. 4, 1863-May 18, 1867.

Roll RI 2269

New Mexico. Valencia County. Libro de Matricula de la Eleccíon... [oversize rolled document] Sept. 4, 1865.

 

Boxes

Note

This list is by no means comprehensive and does not include all subjects, persons, or geographic locations in each box. Its purpose is to provide access to broad topics and also to point out interesting or unique items in the collection.
Box 1

Mar. 7, 1539 -Dec. 31, 1694

Scope and Content Note

Early documents (1539-1694) concerning the history of Spanish exploration and settlement in New Mexico, many translated by Samuel Ellison. Many of these documents discuss events in the wake of the public uprising and the reconquest.

Of special note:

RI 1: 19th century translation of A relation...touching his discovery of...Cibola...by Marcos de Niza. March 7, 1539.
Box 2

1696, Mar. 22 - 1789, Dec. 9

Scope and Content Note

Early documents concerning Spanish resettlement and governance of New Mexico (1696-) and letters by the Duke of Albuquerque.

Of special note:

RI 55: Journal of events & operations against the Moqui. May 14 -Oct. 18, 1716. [extract]
Box 3

June 21, 1794 -Dec. 31, 1830

Scope and Content Note

Commerce and trade with the United States.

Of special note:

RI 70: Record of vaccinations, giving names of fathers and children. [summer 1815]
RI 74: Contemporary copy of treaty of Cordova between Spain and Mexico, establishing Mexican independence. Aug. 24, 1821.
RI 81: Customs house, New Mexico. Jan. 1 -July 15, 1825.
Box 4

Jan. 1, 1831-Dec. 31, 1838

Scope and Content Note

Americans adopting Mexican nationality, passports, petitions for naturalization, fur traders from Taos, customs and commerce with the US including Josiah Gregg, and the Revolution of 1837.
Box 5

Feb. 9, 1839 -July 9, 1846

Scope and Content Note

American commerce, abortive Texan invasion of 1841, conflict between Texas and Mexico in NM, 1841-43.
Box 6

Aug. 1, 1846 -Dec. 31, 1847

Scope and Content Note

Documents related to the conquest of New Mexico and the operation of local courts in 1846-47 under American rule.
Box 7

Jan. 1, 1848 -Dec. 31, 1850

Scope and Content Note

Assumption of American control over New Mexico, including letters of Governor Vigil and military affairs. Also Indian trading licenses (RI 365, 366, 368, 371, 367, 374, 375, 376, 389, 400, 402, 404, 406, 407).
Box 8

Jan. 1, 1851 -Nov. 31, 1851

Scope and Content Note

Territorial government and legislative activities of New Mexico. Also contains a document related to Indian trading (RI 1415).
Box 9

Dec. 1, 1851 -Apr. 30, 1852

Scope and Content Note

Territorial legislative activities and courts, and Indian affairs.

Of special note:

RI 493 & 494: Receipts for return of captive Hispanic children from Indians and Indian trading bonds. 1852.
RI 2150: Statement in regard to buying and selling Paiute children.
Box 10

May 1, 1852 -Apr. 30, 1853

Scope and Content Note

Indian affairs, including statements of supplies and services provided to the Navajos on their reservation in 1852.
Box 11

May 1, 1853 -Apr. 30, 1854

Scope and Content Note

Work of the Territorial Commission on Public Buildings (June 1853), complaint about election fraud, and the US Army.
Box 12

May 1, 1854 -Dec. 31, 1854

Scope and Content Note

New Mexican militia affairs, including muster rolls (RI 1624, 2134, 643, 1622, 1623, 649, 689).
Box 13

Jan. 1, 1855 -Nov. 30, 1855

Scope and Content Note

Territorial administration, including letters from Elisha Whittlesey, call for volunteers by governor, and an Indian raid (RI 701).
Box 14

Dec. 1, 1855 -Dec. 31, 1856

Scope and Content Note

Scope and Content Note

Construction of public buildings for the Territorial government.

Of special note:

RI 2257: List of inhabitants and property for Indians in New Mexico towns. [c. 1855]
Box 15

Jan. 1, 1857 -June 30, 1858

Scope and Content Note

Many statements and bills related to the costs of the territorial government. Correspondence of Miguel Antonio Otero to Charles Clever.
Box 16

July 1, 1858 -Feb. 28, 1860

Scope and Content Note

Expenses of per diem and mileage for legislators and descriptive list of paid Treasury warrants. Territorial politics and national politics. Correspondence of Miguel Antonio Otero to Charles Clever.
Box 17

Mar. 1, 1860 -Aug. 31, 1861

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence of Miguel Antonio Otero to Charles Clever.
Box 18

Sept. 1, 1861 -Oct. 31, 1862

Scope and Content Note

Map of the military district of New Mexico, per diem of legislative officers, New Mexico militia, New Mexico politics and elections, Indians (Apache & Navajo).

Of special note:

RI 2159: Libro de Matricula de la eleccíon. Sept. 1, 1862. Berrdillo County.
RI 1126 & 1127: Kit Carson. New Mexico Militia. Sept. 27, 1862.
Box 19

Nov. 1, 1862 -Feb. 28, 1863

Scope and Content Note

Civil War in New Mexico, legislative affairs, applications and recommendations for militia officers.
RI 1193: Petition to President and Sec. Of War concerning Indian depradations by county. Jan. 26, 1863.
Box 20

Mar. 1, 1863 -Sept. 30, 1863

Scope and Content Note

Territorial politics and government, including some election returns, Civil War in the West, military officers, and Navajo campaign.
Box 21

Oct. 1, 1863 -June 30, 1864

Scope and Content Note

Territorial politics and government, Civil War in the West, and Indian affairs.
Box 22

July 1, 1864 -Dec. 31, 1864

Scope and Content Note

Mexico, territorial politics and government, including election returns.
Box 23

Jan. 1, 1865 -Mar. 31, 1866

Scope and Content Note

Territorial politics and government, including legislative actions and election returns, as well as Indian affairs.
Box 24

Apr. 1, 1866 -Mar. 31, 1875

Scope and Content Note

Territorial politics and government, land holdings and population figures, and Indian affairs.

Of special note:

RI 1486: Report of a Comm. on the Indians of the Bosque Redondo. 1866.
RI 2151: Enumeration of inhabitants of County of Taos. 1866.
Box 25

Apr. 1, 1875 -June 30, 1877

Scope and Content Note

Territorial politics and government.
Box 26

July 1, 1877 -Aug. 31, 1878

Scope and Content Note

Territorial politics and government, Indian affairs, education, Lincoln County War, and Colfax County War.
Box 27

Sept. 1, 1878 -Nov. 30, 1880

Scope and Content Note

Affairs in Lincoln County, Roman Catholicism in New Mexico, including the role of the Jesuits, public education, the penitentes, and Indian affairs.
Box 28

Dec. 1, 1880 -Dec. 31, 1881

Scope and Content Note

Politics and government, Indians (Utes), education, land, mines and mineral resources (coal & iron), education, disturbance in Socorro.

Of special note:

RI 2234: Free public schools. c. 1880.
Box 29

Jan. 1, 1882 -Nov. 30, 1882

Scope and Content Note

Biographical notes about various individuals compiled by William G. Ritch.
Box 30

Dec. 1, 1882 -Dec. 31, 1883

Scope and Content Note

Biographical sketches, Indian affairs, Civil War, and R.S. McKenzie.
Box 31

Jan. 1, 1884 -Dec. 31, 1900

Scope and Content Note

Lists of biographical notes by individuals and Revista Catholica -"A School Law" (March 9, 1884).
Box 32

Newspaper clippings arranged chronologically, 1856-1885

Box 33

Newspaper clippings arranged chronologically, 1886-1901 and undated

Box 34

Oversize materials.