Kenneth D. Sender collection

Finding aid prepared by Gina C Giang.
Manuscripts Department
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Kenneth D. Sender collection
Inclusive Dates: 1697-1884
Bulk Dates: 1805-1855
Collection Number: mssSender
Collector: Sender, Kenneth D.
Extent: 6 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Abstract: The Kenneth D. Sender collection consists of documents related to northern New Mexico from 1697 through 1884.
Language of Material: The records are in Spanish and English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

Publication Rights

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

Kenneth D. Sender collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Homer D. Crotty, 1965.


Kenneth D. Sender was the defendant in two replevin suits brought against him by the State of New Mexico (1961) and by the federal government (1964). Both cases were based on the belief that Sender's collection consisted of official New Mexico documents. Both cases were adjudicated in favor of Sender. In 1984 part of the collection was sold to the State Record Center and Archives at a nominal price by the inheritors of the collection. - Sender Collection. State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Scope and Content

The Kenneth D. Sender collection consists of Xerox copies of the microfilm, which is in the custody of the New Mexico State Records Center & Archive. Box 6 consists of an English translation / summary completed by Haydee Noya.
The collection consists of New Mexico historical documents (1697-1884). The bulk of the collection covers the years, 1805-1855. The collection is rich in the official documents of various Northern New Mexico local authorities (ayuntamientos), in particular those of Santa Cruz de la Canada. Subjects included are settlement policies, military affairs including relations with the Indians and the Unites States, political and governmental affairs including appointments and transmittals of royal circulars, legal affairs including legal documents pertaining to murder and various other crimes, economic affairs, acqueias, land claims, land petitions and complaints, and education. - Sender Collection. State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, New Mexico
For a brief description of each document, please see the University of New Mexico Calendar to the Microfilm Edition of the Sender Collection. 


Arranged by document number.

Indexing Terms


Criminal procedure -- New Mexico
Ditches -- New Mexico
Education -- New Mexico
Indians of North America -- New Mexico
Irrigation canals and flumes -- New Mexico
Land settlement -- New Mexico

Geographic Areas

New Mexico -- Commerce
New Mexico -- History -- 1848-
New Mexico -- History -- To 1848
New Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1848-1950


Government records
Legal files


Box 1

Documents 1-28 (1694-1822)

Xerox copies
Box 2

Documents 29-99 (1821-1829)

Xerox copies
Box 3

Documents 100-175 (1829-1837)

Xerox copies
Box 4

Documents 176-250 (1837-1840)

Xerox copies
Box 5

Documents 251-313 (1840-1884)

Xerox copies
Box 6


Folder 1

Documents 1-27

Folder 2

Document 28

Folder 3

Documents 29-50

Folder 4

Documents 51-75

Folder 5

Documents 76-99

Folder 6

Documents 100-125

Folder 7

Documents 126-150

Folder 8

Documents 151-175

Folder 9

Documents 176-200

Folder 10

Documents 201-225

Folder 11

Documents 226-250

Folder 12

Documents 251-275

Folder 13

Documents 276-286

Folder 14

Documents 287-313

Folder 15

Representative documents from the Sender collection