08 March 2011

Finding Aids for Southwest Genealogical Collections

The Rocky Mountain Online Archive has many finding aids to collections found throughout the Southwest. Below are a listing of a few of the aids that include genealogical information:

* Myra Ellen Jenkins papers, 1500-1993. Dr. Jenkins was once the state historian of New Mexico. Her collection can be found at the Fort Lewis College Center of Southwest Studies in Durango, Colorado.

* Abe N. Pena papers, 1894-2004. Pena is a sheepman and historian. Much of this collection has to do with his political life, but included in the collection are a few genealogies. His collection can be found in the New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

* Vargas Project Records, 1642-1999. According to the guide, the scope and content of the collection is: "The Vargas Project papers contain the working papers of the project, collected by Larry Miller. The papers consist primarily of office files pertaining to research, logistics, promotion and production of the five volume set of journals of don Diego de Vargas: By Force of Arms, To the Royal Crown Restored, Blood on the Boulders, That Disturbances Cease, and A Settling of Accounts. Much of the material consists of Spanish language documents photocopied, transcribed and translated by the research team. Other materials include notes, manuscripts and correspondence related to archives, research and funding of the project." Center for Southwest Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

* Edmundo Delgado Collection, 1932-1995. Delgado was a state legislator, amatuer historian and genealogist. His collection includes a number of his genealogies. National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

* Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert Papers, 1602-1996. Cabeza de Baca Gilbert was the author of "We Fed them Cactus". Her collection includes genealogical info, history and folklore. Center of Southwest Research, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

There are countless guides and finding aids on this website that have lists of genealogical resources. To search the Rocky Mountain Online Archive, click on this link.

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