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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing: Subjects
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Hurlbert Family Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1869-1902
    Collection Number: mssHM 65102-65241
    Creator: Hurlbert family.
    Extent: 164 items in 3 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection chiefly contains correspondence written by members of the Hurlbert and Chenowith families of New England and the American Southwest, between 1869-1902, discussing family matters and day-to-day life. The letters from the Southwest also discuss farming, Native Americans, local crime, and mining.
    Language: English.


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

    Administrative Information

    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

    [Identification of item]. Hurlbert Family Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Michael Vinson Western Americana, June 14, 2002.

    Scope and Content

    The collection is chiefly made up of correspondence written by various members of the Hurlbert and Chenowith families to Andrew J. Hurlbert, his wife Mary Chenowith Hurlbert, and their daughter Ida May Hurlbert; there is one letter by Mary Hurlbert and five by Andrew J. Hurlbert. The Hurlbert family lived in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire; their letters deal with family matters and their day-to-day activities. The Chenowith family lived throughout the American southwest including Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Texas; their letters deal with farm life, descriptions of the Southwest, financial problems, family matters, fears of Indian attacks, the movements of Victorio and the Mimbreño Indians, murders in town, mining in New Mexico, and a shoot-out over a ranch property where a bullet grazed the head of Rachel Chenowith (Mary Hurlbert’s mother). There are also 24 pieces of ephemera including receipts, miscellaneous envelopes, invitations, and miscellaneous notes.


    Arranged alphabetically.

    Indexing: Subjects

    Arizona – Description and travel.
    • Subject in Mary Hurlbert letter (1879, Apr. 18) to Anna Wellington. HM 65195.
    Indians of North America – New Mexico.
    • Subject in Margaret Brahm letter (1879, July 12) to Mary Hurlbert. HM 65115.
    • Subject in John W. Chenowith letter (1879, July 11) to Mary Hurlbert. HM 65157.
    • Subject in Rachel Chenowith letter (1879, June 16) to Mary Hurlbert. HM 65164.
    Mines and Mineral Resources – New Mexico.
    • Subject in Andrew J. Hurlbert letters (1883-1884) to Ida May Hurlbert. HM 65190-65192.
    Victorio, Apache Chief, -1881.
    • Subject in John W. Chenowith letter (1879, July 11) to Mary Hurlbert. HM 65157.
    • Subject in Rachel Chenowith letter (1879, June 16) to Mary Hurlbert. HM 65164.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Hurlbert family.
    Victorio, Apache chief, -1881.
    Indians of North America -- Arizona.
    Indians of North America -- New Mexico.
    Mimbreño Indians.
    Mines and mineral resources -- New Mexico.
    Arizona -- Description and travel.
    Arizona -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    New Mexico -- Description and travel.
    New Mexico -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    Southwest, New -- Description and travel.


    Letters (correspondence).