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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • General
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Albert B. Fall papers
    Creator: Fall, Albert B. (Albert Bacon), 1861-1944
    Identifier/Call Number: mssFA
    Physical Description: 45.45 Linear Feet (109 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1887-1941
    Date (bulk): 1912-1923
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers of New Mexican Senator Albert B. Fall (1861-1944) consisting of letters and documents related to the following subjects: Fall's terms of office as senator for New Mexico (1912-21) and secretary of the Interior (1921-23), family affairs (1907-41); 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; reclamation projects (especially the Colorado River Project and Elephant Butte Dam); Indian Affairs (particularly with the Apache, Navajo, and Pueblo tribes); and Alaska.
    Language of Material: English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Albert B. Fall papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

    Biographical / Historical

    Albert B. Fall (1861-1944), senator from New Mexico (1912-1921) and secretary of the Interior (1921-1923), 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 Contents

    This 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).

    Processing Information

    This finding aid was updated in 2022 by Melissa Haley as part of the American Presidential Papers Project with enhanced description of the presidential material present.

    General

    Former call number: mssFA Boxes 1-109.

    Other Finding Aids

    See the Additional Collection Guide for a detailed index of correspondents and materials in the collection: Supplementary 1984 finding aid (PDF version). 

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in the following 4 series:
    1. Personal Correspondence (Boxes 1-12)
    2. Political Correspondence (Boxes 13-43)
    3. Natural resources (Boxes 44-70)
    4. Mexican affairs (Boxes 71-109)

    Subjects and 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 -- History -- Sources
    Water reuse -- New Mexico
    Mexico -- Foreign relations -- United States
    Mexico -- History -- Revolution, 1910-1920
    New Mexico -- History -- 1848- -- Sources
    New Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1848-1950
    United States -- Foreign relations -- Mexico
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century
    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
    Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930
    Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924
    United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations
    United States. Department of the Interior