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Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of the Papers

Restrictions

Online Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1. Personal Correspondence, 1902-1955.

Series 2. Business Correspondence, 1882-1955.

Series 3. Diaries and cattle records, 1921-1962.

Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A & M University

Inventory of the Mariposa Ranch Papers:

1890-1962



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Mariposa Hacienda (Mexico)
Title Inventory of the the Mariposa Ranch Papers
Dates 1890-1962
Abstract Hacienda de la Mariposa was situated in the state of Coahuila, District of Monclova, 27 miles north of Músquiz, 50 miles southwest of Sabinas and 90 miles from Eagle Pass, Texas With capital backing from the Learmonth family, a Scottish entrepreneur in Australia, David Harkness McKellar, an emigrant from Australia and New Zealand in the late 1880s, purchased over 250,000 acres in Coahuila and founded Hacienda de la Mariposa in 1890. The ranch sat in an open valley formed by a fork of the Santa Rosa Mountains which marked the western and northern boundaries, and protected it from winter winds. These mountains yielded cedar and oak timber for fencing and building purposes. On the southern boundary, the Sabinas River, a clear, ever-flowing mountain river, was stocked with fish. Pasture arroyos provided additional watering areas, in addition to ten natural springs, one of which was a mineral spring. Grasses and forage plants thrived, growing much taller than in Colorado or southern Texas. Nutritious Gramma grass abounded, as did Bermuda, mesquite, sotol, palmetto and guajillo, all much sought after by stock. The ranch was sold in the early 1960s by Alden Scott McKellar, a grandson of its founder, David Harkness McKellar. Correspondence, diaries, minutes, proceedings, printed material, financial documents, legal documents, photographic and audio material, maps, charts, graphs, and lists chronicle the history of La Hacienda de la Mariposa and document the hard work and political savvy of the McKellars, contending with both the Mexican Revolution and land reform as they managed their ranch. Three series, personal correspondence, business correspondence, and diaries provide a record of the ranch's earnings, business analyses, ranch operations and expenses, accompanied by literate expositions on local as well as national Mexican politics. Personal correspondence (1902-1955) includes a handwritten bound volume of letters from Ernest F. Black to the Learmonth brothers, Stanley Learmonth and James Allen Learmonth, in Australia dated December 29, 1902 to September 30, 1907. Business correspondence (1882-1955; bulk: 1903-1955) documents activities relating to every facet of ranch operations such as ordering supplies and cattle sales, most correspondents being factors in Texas, Missouri, New Mexico in addition to local factors in Músquiz, Coahuila, as well as with the Cámara Ganadera de Coahuila and Mexican National Land Mortgage and Investment Company. Also present are 11 handwritten bound volumes of outgoing correspondence (1890-1918) by Stanley Learmonth, James Allen Learmonth, and Ernest F. Black. Other significant correspondents include Sara Scott McKellar and Jésus M. Palacios. A total of 22 handwritten bound volumes of diaries and cattle records (1921-1962) recount the daily activities of the Mariposa Ranch, including weather conditions, rainfall, ranch and family activities, and visitors. Also present are maps, plats, organizational documents, contracts, Mexican political tracts as well as the organizational charter handwritten on vellum. An interview with Alden Scott Mckellar and photographic prints and negatives are also included.
Identification Dykes MSS 00082
Extent 32 linear feet.
Language English.
Repository Cushing Memorial Library,  College Station, TX 77843-5000

Biographical Note

Hacienda de la Mariposa was situated in the state of Coahuila, District of Monclova, 27 miles north of Músquiz, 50 miles southwest of Sabinas and 90 miles from Eagle Pass, Texas

With capital backing from the Learmonth family, a Scottish entrepreneur in Australia, Mr. David Harkness McKellar, an emigrant from Australia and New Zealand in the late 1880s, purchased over 250,000 acres in Coahuila and founded La Hacienda de la Mariposa in 1890.

The ranch sat in an open valley formed by a fork of the Santa Rosa Mountains which marked the western and northern boundaries and protected it from the cold north winds in winter. These mountains yielded from its canyons an almost inexhaustible supply of cedar and oak timber for fencing and building purposes. The eastern boundary faced the open plains country.

The southern boundary was originally marked by the Sabinas River, a beautifully clear mountain river, ever-flowing and fringed by large cypress trees. Well stocked with fish, it was not only a place of recreation, but also provided a pleasant change of diet. In later years, after the appropriation of 10,000 acres of land by the government, the boundary was moved further north.

Pastures were traversed by creek beds, called arroyos, which provided additional watering areas for the cattle There were ten natural springs, nine being ordinary water and the other a mineral water spring. Soil on the southern half was a good red chocolate and the northern half a combination of sandy loam and a black, friable earth.

Grasses and forage plants thrived exceptionally well in this region, growing much taller than in Colorado or southern Texas. The stony soil helped preserve the moisture at the root of the plants. The nutritious Gramma grass, well known among ranchers, was abundant in the area. Bermuda, mesquite, sotol, palmetto and guajillo grew wild in the area and were much sought after by the stock. The nopal, or prickly pear cactus, grew abundantly in the canyons.

At an altitude of 1800 to 2500 feet, the ranch enjoyed a semi-tropical climate with 23 inches average annual rainfall. Thus it was a pleasant residence both winter and summer.

The ranch was sold in the early 1960s by Alden Scott McKellar, a grandson of its founder, David Harkness McKellar.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, diaries, minutes, proceedings, printed material, financial documents, legal documents, photographic and audio material, maps, charts, graphs, and lists in the Mariposa Ranch Papers (32 linear feet) chronicle the history of La Hacienda de la Mariposa and document the hard work and political savvy of the McKellars as they tried to balance the economic and business necessities of running a ranch, with the political realities of the Mexican Revolution and land reform.

The Mariposa Ranch Papers contain three basic record series: personal correspondence, business correspondence, and diaries.

Personal correspondence (1902-1955) contains over 900 letters written between the Learmonth brothers, Stanley Learmonth and James Allen Learmonth, and Ernest F. Black, and between the Learmonth brothers and David Skene McKellar. These letters detail earnings, business analyses, ranch operations and expenses, literate expositions on local as well as national Mexican politics. There is also a handwritten bound volume of letters from Ernest Black to the Learmonth brothers in Australia dated December 29, 1902 to September 30, 1907. Other significant correspondents include Sara Scott McKellar and Jésus M. Palacios.

Business correspondence (1882-1955; bulk: 1903-1955) contains approximately 15,000 letters. These letters document activities relating to every facet of ranch operations such as ordering supplies and cattle sales. Much of this correspondence is with factors in Texas, Missouri, New Mexico in addition to local factors in Músquiz, Coahuila, as well as with the Cámara Ganadera de Coahuila and Mexican National Land Mortgage and Investment Company. In this series, there are also 11 handwritten bound volumes of outgoing correspondence (1890-1918) from the Mariposa Ranch by Stanley Learmonth, James Allen Learmonth, and Earnest F. Black.

A total of 22 bound volumes of diaries and cattle records (1921-1962) recount the daily activities of the Mariposa Ranch, including a very complete daily rehearsal of weather conditions, rainfall, ranch and family activities, as well as ranch visitors, (including Sterling C. Evans in the 1920's and Charles Lindbergh). Each volume is handwritten and carefully dated.

In addition, there are numerous maps, plats, organizational documents, contracts, Mexican political tracts as well as the organizational charter handwritten on vellum. An interview with Alden Scott Mckellar and photographic materials fill in some of the gaps in the papers and the family history not reflected in the papers

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1. Personal Correspondence, 1902-1955.
Series 2. Business Correspondence, 1882-1955 (bulk: 1902-1955).
Series 3. Diaries and Cattle Records, 1921-1962.

Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is primarily arranged chronologically, with some materials arranged alphabetically.

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Restrictions

Access

No restrictions.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Online Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of Cushing Memorial Library. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Names
Black, Ernest F.--Correspondence.
Learmonth, James Allen--Correspondence.
Learmonth, James, Stanley--Correspondence.
McKellar, Alden Scott--Correspondence.
McKellar, David Harkness--Correspondence.
McKellar, David Skene--Correspondence.
McKellar, Sara Scott--Correspondence.
Palacios, Jesús M.--Correspondence.
Organizations
Mexican National Land Mortgage and Investment Company--History.
Cámara Ganadera de Coahuila--History.
Subjects
Cattle breeders--Mexico--Coahuila..
Manufacturers' agents--Mexico--Músquiz.
Manufacturers' agents--Missouri.
Manufacturers' agents--Texas.
Ranch life--Mexico--Coahuila.
Ranch managers--Mexico--Coahuila.
Ranching--Mexico--Coahuila.
Places
Coahuila (Mexico : State)--History.
Músquiz (Mexico)--History.
Mexico--History--Revolution, 1910-1920.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Received from Alden Scott McKellar of Manitou Springs, Colorado in September 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Hung-Chih Yu in February 1996.

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Detailed Description of the Papers:

 

Series 1. Personal Correspondence, 1902-1955.

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1/10-2/400 Learmonth/Black Correspondence, 1902-1918.
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3/10-7/660 Learmonth/McKellar Correspondence, 1923-1955.

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Series 2. Business Correspondence, 1882-1955.

Also includes legal documents, maps, blueprints, reports, financial, and legal records, and photographs (sheets of negatives and prints), as well as correspondence and legal documents concerning the donation of the San Jose materials to Cushing Memorial Library, 1885-1904 and undated.
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8/10-39/470 Business Correspondence, 1903-1955.
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40/10 Original documents on the Nacimiento Estate, Learmonth/McKellar(document missing!!!) 1885,
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40/20 Documents and correspondence regarding incorporation of Mariposa.
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40/30 Charts, blueprints, notes and receipts regarding pipelines and wells.
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40/40 Reports, correspondence, and minutes of Mariposa company shareholders' meeting.
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40/50 Plane of El Zacate (in Spanish). October 12, 1904.
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41/10 San Jose Material. Reports. The Mexican National Land Mortgage and Investment Company, Ltd. by Mr. George Francis Birt Jenner, British Secretary of Legation in Mexico, 1 printed pamphlet, . 1889
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41/20 San Jose Material. Map. Territory of New Mexico, 1882.
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41/30 San Jose Material. Map. Property of Mexican National Mortgage and Investment Co, Ltd. 1 printed leaf. On the back is letter from F. Heron Relph to the Directors of the Mexican National Land Mortgage and Investment Co., Ltd. about estates of Aguanueva and Carneros relating to their company, no date.
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41/40 San Jose Material. Map. Plano de los Terrenos del Nacimiento, 1891.
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41/50 San Jose Material. Map. Plano de los Terrenos de Nacimiento, April 20, 1887.
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41/60 San Jose Material. San Jose Material. Map. Plano de los Terrenos de Nacimiento, no date.
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41/70 San Jose Material. Aviso (in Spanish) by David H. McKellar, 1 printed leaf, 1892.
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41/80 San Jose Material. Map. Showing coal crops and drill holes near the Sabinas River, no date.
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41/90 San Jose Material. Prospectus. The Mexican National Land Mortgage and Investment Co., Ltd., 1 printed pamphlet.
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41/100 San Jose Material. Account statement. David McKellar with the Mexican National Land Mortgage and Investment Co., Ltd., 1 handwritten folio and original envelope.
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41/110 San Jose Material. Statement of the properties of the Nacimiento Estate with a view to its sale to a syndicate or company, 6 handwritten leaves, original envelope, and a newspaper clipping regarding market gossip on cattle.
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41/120 San Jose Material. Power of Attorney. David H. McKellar to Messrs. E. T. Doxat, 3 bound handwritten leaves and original envelope. December 16, 1886.
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41/130 San Jose Material. Memorandum of mortgage. David H. McKellar to Dalgety and Co., 3 bound handwritten leaves, January 31, 1885.
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41/140 San Jose Material. Notebook Various notes regarding titles, sheep sales, financial agreement, etc., 1 bound book, 1872-1880.
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41/150 San Jose Material. Cash account ledger. Mckellar Co., regarding cattle counts, sales, personal expenses, 1 handwritten bound ledger, 1937-1964.
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41/160 San Jose Material. Note (in Spanish) on an envelope regarding notary fees 1894-1895.
Statement (in Spanish) for account with J. M. Palacios, 1 handwritten leaf, January to December 1894.
Receipt (in Spanish) to E. F. Black from Jesus M. Palacios, August 18, 1894.
1 leaf,
Account statement (in Spanish) for Jesus M. Palacios to Eustacio Soto, 1 handwritten leaf, November 2, 1894.
Account statement (in Spanish) for Jane K. McKellar to Estacio Soto. 1 handwritten leaf, November 2, 18944 to December 22, 1894.
Martomez del Rio, Pablo to Dora J. McKellar. TLS, 1 leaf in Spanish. January 14, 1985.
Receipt for payment on account with L. De Bona to E. F. Black, May 31, 1895.
1 leaf.
Receipt for payment on account with L. De Bona to E. F. Black,1 handwritten leaf with a receipt for delivery from Wells, Fargo &Co. May 2, 1895.
Account statement (in Spanish), 1 handwritten leaf. March 4 to June 26, 1985.
Gonzalez, Romualdo to E. F. Black. ALS, 1 leaf in Spanish. June 22, 1895.
Gonzalez, Romualdo to E. F. Black. ALS, 1 leaf in Spanish. June 27, 1895.
Account Statement (in Spanish), for Jane K. McKellar to Eustacio Soto, 1 handwritten leaf. June 30 to July 24, 1895.
Receipt from J. Cusillas Garcia as power of attorney. ALS, 1 leaf in Spanish. July 17, 1895.
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41/170 San Jose Material. Information on Adolfo Villareal, 1 folio in Spanish. no date.
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41/180 San Jose Material. Translation of statement by Adolfo Villareal.Regarding land transaction between Paula Villareal and Jane K. McKellar. 1 handwritten folio. December 27, 1892.
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41/190 San Jose Material. Statement by Ignacio Galindo.Ciudad Porfirio Diaz, Coahuila. Regarding asking judicial action for Learmonth fencing disputed boundry. 1 handwritten leaf. April 6, 1892.
San Jose Material. Galindo, Ignacio to District Judge. AL, 1 folio in Spanish. April 6, 1892.
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41/200 San Jose Material. Metcalfe & Crook, the Guide Printing House, Eagle Pass to E. F. Black, regarding translation of Adolfo Villareal's lawyer's plea. TLS, 1 leaf. Translation of Adolfo Villareal' lawyer's plea. 10 typed leaves. December 10, 1894
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41/210 San Jose Material. Legal Document (in Spanish) concerning the right of Jane K. McKellar and her six children to their inheritance. 13 handwritten leaves, bound. (Missing!!) August 3, 1894.
Copy of agreement (in Spanish) by Mrs. Paula Muzquiz de Villareal.5 handwritten leaves. (Missing!!!!) November 9, 1894.
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41/220 San Jose Material. Certificate from State Case Collector. Regarding repayment of the Villareal stock. ALS, 1 leaf in Spanish. August 14, 1893.
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42-10 San Jose Material. Correspondence regarding acquisition of San Jose Material:
Dyal, Donald to Edith Smith. Regarding A. S. McKellar's donation of the Mariposa Ranch Papers; San Jose's possession of additional papers; transfer of those documents to Texas A & M. TLS, 2 leaves, photocopy with handwritten note. October 30, 1990.
Clark, Charlene to Irene Hoadley. Regarding history of the San Jose papers, acquisition possibilities. TLS, 1 leaf, photocopy with handwritten note. June 18, 1991.
Clark, Charlene to A. S. McKellar. Regarding ceremony for McKellar family; Dr. Hoadley making progress with San Jose. TLS, 1 leaf, photocopy. July 8, 1991.
Hoadley, Irene B. to Edith Smith.Regarding transfer of documents to Texas A & M. TL, 1 leaf, photocopy with handwritten note. July 10, 1991.
Hoadley, Irene B. to Edith Smith.Regarding A & M Library buying Bancroft's History of California to trade for McKellar documents. TLS, 1 leaf, photocopy. October 8, 1991.
Various handwritten notes regarding acquisition of San Jose papers.
4 leaves.
Donation certificate from Edith Smith to Sourisseau Academy (San Jose) for the donation of the McKellar documents.
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42/20 San Jose Material. McKellar, Alden to D. S. McKellar. Regarding rainfall, cattle sales. ALS September 16, 1951.
1 leaf.
McKellar, Alden to Edith Smith. Regarding the McKellar and Skene family histories. ALS, 2 leaves with original envelope. January 15, 1990.
Skene family history. 8 pages, photocopy.
Lineage of the McKellars of StrathKellar. 5 typed leaves, photocopy.
Smith, Edith to Alden McKellar. Regarding her credentials; how she acquired the documents; lists some of the documents in the collection; offering the collection to Texas A&M. 2 handwritten leaves. No date.
Edith Smith's notes on the McKellar collection. 6 handwritten leaves.
McKellar, Alden to D. S. McKellar. Regarding rainfall, cattle sales. ALS September 16, 1951.
1 leaf.
McKellar, Alden to Edith Smith. Regarding the McKellar and Skene family histories. ALS, 2 leaves with original envelope. January 15, 1990.
Skenefamily history. 8 pages, photocopy.
Lineage of the McKellars of StrathKellar. 5 typed leaves, photocopy.
Smith, Edith to Alden McKellar. Regarding her credentials; how she acquired the documents; lists some of the documents in the collection; offering the collection to Texas A&M. 2 handwritten leaves. No date.
Edith Smith's notes on the McKellar collection. 6 handwritten leaves.
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42/30 San Jose Material. Passport photos of Sarah Scott McKellar, total of 23; passport photos of David Skene McKellar, total of 2 and an envelope.
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42/40 San Jose Material. David Skene McKellar'sMexican Immigration Document, 1 leaf with envelope. February 20, 1948.
David Skene McKellar's British Passport, March 26, 1948.
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42/50 San Jose Material. McKellar, David Skene:
Immigration Document, February 4, 1919
Medical Certificate Document, April 6, 1940
ID card, March 21, 1944
Receipt of Registro Nacional, no date
McKellar, Sarah Scott:
Personal Description Document, December 3, 1942
Immigration Document, February 4, 1919
Immigration Document, February 5, 1934
Certificate of Identity and Registration, December 3, 1944
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42/60 San Jose Material. Anderson, I. [London] to Mrs. McKellar. Regarding sympathy from himself and himself and the Andersons. ALS May 31, 1893.
1 leaf.
San Jose Material. Sethbridge, I. [Dalgety &co.] to Mrs. J. K. McKellar [Cedar Rapids, Neb.]. Regarding her assets, small block of land at Brooksdale (11 1/2 acres) and some shares in a company needed to be sold to satisfy the Union Bank, the British and Australasian Trust Co. and themselves, otherwise it will fall into the hands of the Public Trustee and become unclaimed property. 1 handwritten leaf. August 29, 1898.
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42/70 San Jose Material. Carden, Lionel [Legation, Mexico] to E. F. Black [Nacimiento, Coahuila], Regarding sending the circular from Mr. Elliot-Blake to the Minister for Foreign Affairs to call attention to the Gov. of Coahuila on the attempt to influence public opinion in the case now appearing before the courts. In England this would be contempt of court, does not know if this is punishable in Coahuila. ALS, 1 leaf with envelope. December 4, 1894.
[Bulletin] Confirmation of Mr. Relph's Report by John Cross Buchanan. Regarding report on the Hacienda of Aguanueva in the State of Saltillo. 1 printed leaf. May 21, 1889.
Receipt from Murray Hutchins &Stirling to David H. McKellar. 1 handwritten leaf. May 31, 1893.
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42/80 San Jose Material. Lowther, Joe B.:
Montana Driver's License, December 31, 1936, and January 27, 1937
California Vehicle Inspection Certificate, December 2, 1937
Arizona Auto Registration Card, May 19, 1938
Arizona Driver's License, May 7, 1939
McGowan Jr., Lewis A. [Washington, D. C.] to Joe Lowther [Montana]. Regarding now he got along with Chapple; starting a new ranch on Stillwater; Putty joined mountaineering club; no luck from George McKelvey or Ikerman. TLS, 1 leaf with handwritten note and envelope. November 4, 1941.
[Agreement] McGowan, L. A. and Joe Lawther. Regarding McGowan subleasing of Flying H. Ranch. TL
1 leaf.
"Out West with the Parkhills"Parkhill Montana Ranches. 1 printed leaf.
"Vultee Vanguard" plane, and ["Small town on River"]
2 postcards.
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42/90 San Jose Material. Stewart, G. M. [Edificio del Banco Hipotecario] to E. F. Black. Re: received his letter regarding a remittance, Craddock says it will be 60 days; anxious to see outstanding balance paid; Nelson sent a bill for L8300 to the Banco de Loudres to be exchanged for the cancelled mortgage; the cost of cancellation are payable to Weller. ALS September 24, 1894.
1 leaf.
Stewart, G. M. to E. F. Black.Re: Nelson needs to pay L8300 in exchange for deed of Mortgage legally cancelled; glad to hear that he will soon receive payments from Mrs. McKellar to cover interest and charges; he needs to settle this matter quickly since he took management of Interoceanic Railway; Don Pablo Martinez del Rio went to England; hope to meet Craddock in Coahuila. ALS September 12, 1895.
2 leaves.
Stewart, G. M. to E. F. Black. Re: 2 1/2 months have passed since Black wrote regarding payment; Don Pablo Martinez del Rio expects payment; he is worried because he is responsible to his company for releasing the mortgaged property before receiving payment; received payment from Nelson and asked for another month's interest, Rust said Black claims he was never charged interest for late payments; asking Mrs. McKellar to pay interest on her overdue paymnets; asking if Mr. Craddock means busines about the Coahuila properties he has for sale. ALS November 25, 1895.
2 leaves.
Stewart, G. M. to E. F. Black. Re: must do something about properties in Coahuila without delay; hopes Mrs. McKellar's business progresses well; Nelson has not yet sent the interest owed. ALS February 27, 1986.
1 leaf.
Stewart, G. M. to E. F. Black. Re: please send two copies of Kansas City Star as it has a picture of his wife and an article by Mrs. Hudson about his house in Walpam, P. M.,; will be going to Kansas City and hope to see him and Mrs. McKellar; must do something with Coahuila properties before he leaves since Craddock denies conversation about prospective buyer. ALS March 24, 1896.
1 leaf.
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42/100 San Jose Material. Heitman &Adams [Attorneys, Kansas City, Mo.] to Mrs. Jane McKellar. Re: writing on instructions of Mrs. Cassini McDaniel, widow of Thomson McDaniel to send a written demand for dower in the property described; this is preliminary to a suit if settlement cannot be effected. TLS February 14, 1896.
1 leaf.
San Jose Material. [Document] McDaniel, Cassini (signed by Heitman &Adams) to E. F. Black, trustee for Florence, Maud, Jane R., Edith and David Skene McKellar. Stating that she had a claim for dower in Jackson County, Missouri, known as the Nelson Building of which she has not relinquished her right to dower. TLS, 1 leaf with handwritten note and a copy to Jane McKellar.
[Account Statement] Craddock-Myers Realty Co. to Mrs. Jane McKellar. 1 typed leaf with handwritten note. August to December, no year.
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42/110 San Jose Material. Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to E. F. Black [Las Rucias]. Re: please come tomorrow to visit; tell Mrs. McKellar that he cannot see her until Friday or Saturday; list of personal items of Mr. McKellar's to send to the Court, such as vest, coat, etc. he was wearing the day he was killed. ALS August 15, 1892.
1 leaf.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. J. Catherine McKellar [Las Rucias]. Re: just received letter from PresidentDiaz addressed to Gov. of Coahuila, Garza Galan; in view of its contents he must to go Saltillo to talk with the Governor. ALS August 16, 1892.
1 leaf.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to E. F. Black [Las Rucias]. Re: returned from Saltillo; send McKellar's will so he can commence the testamentary proceedings; wants the birth certificates of her children because McKellar does not mention them by name in his will. ALS August 22, 1892.
1 leaf.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. J. Catherine McKellar [Las Rucias]. Re: sending petition that he will send to the Judge for McKellar's will. ALS August 29, 1892.
1 leaf.
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42/120 San Jose Material. Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Las Rucias]. Re: received her letter inquiring about the bases of agreement made with Mrs. Villareal; advice regarding clause 1. Reagarding her cattle, let them stay in your pasture until May. The cattle are so scattered that the five months will be barely sufficient to round them up, your losses would be $1,500 instead of $400 if she took her cattle out now. Cattle count more than 8,000 head, so you should receive more than originally thought. Villareal has approved this and sent his wife power of attorney. ALS January 9, 1893.
4 leaves.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Las Rucias]. Re: sent your application relating to taxes she must pay. Antonio Berchelmann, who has done me may favors asked for a $400 loan; asking Mrs. McKellar for $400 to loan him; waiting for the Judge in Saltillo to settle this matter and execute the public deed; according to Don Miguel Muzuiz, the Gov't owes him $248 which he will give to Don Miguel. ALS January 16, 1893.
2 leaves.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Las Rucias]. Re: signing the deed of adjustment; he has not been able to deduct the $1,750 from the price of the real estate because they say they have to pay Mr. Goodwin $1,500; Mrs. Villareal is upset about payments; by not deducting the $1,750 from the price of real estate she can get 194 head of cattle more, which will sell for at least $9 per head; she needs to attend the heirs meeting with the Judge Friday. ALS February 15, 1893.
2 leaves.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Las Rucias]. Re: please send $100 se he can go to Monclova; the delivery of expedientes have finished. ALS April 26, 1893.
1 leaf.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Las Rucias]. Re: he has fulfilled his duties and will try to finish everything before the 26th; probate duty should not be more than $1,000 which you can deduct $300 for reimbursement for persecution expenses of Fiburcio Galan; please pay at least $1,500 of the legal fees as you promised; anxious to hear your answer about his wife. ALS June 15, 1893.
1 leaf.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Muzquiz]. Re: went to see Mr. del Rio and was surprised to hear he was not satisfied with Palacios's proceedings relating to Villareal case; states what he has done for her in the prosecution of Villareal; cannot discuss the secrets of your business without your consent. TLS July 6, 1893.
2 leaves.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Muzquiz]. Re: saw the telegram you sent del Rio relating the power of attorney and the appointment of the estate of McKellar; left the copy to be legalized by the Gov.; will not send the power of attorney until after the results of the Galindo matter. TLS August 3, 11893.
1 leaf.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Muzquiz]. Re: spoke with del Rio so he might settle things in your favor; wife and I thank you for congratulations on birth of daughter; will write you about the "amparo" of Villareal, be careful with it so it doesn't change the bad condition he is in; when he is sentenced again I think he will get the same (capital publishment). TLS August 25, 1893.
1 leaf.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Las Vegas]. Re: thank you for picture of McKellar; will have to get a new certificate because the old one was lost by the Private Secretary of Gov. Garza Galan; Villareal should be sentenced again; rumors are not true that Villareal will come to this town again; was not able to get pictures of his daughter. ALS October 25, 1893.
2 leaves.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to E. F. Black [Las Rucias]. Re: did not write about Galindo matter because of illness; will try to settle this matter and take the deed for registration in Monclova; sending certified copy of appointment of Mrs. McKellar as executrix of the estate. TLS December 20, 1893.
1 leaf.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Kansas City, Mo.]. Re: sorry to know the results of the exchange which she made with her ranch; hope Nelson and Weller will pay soon; has been studying the best way to obtain the restitution of your ranch with all the cattle; after examining the deed you can ask the annulation of the deed because Nelson and Weller have not fulfilled their agreement; sending copy of letter he sent del Rio about this. TLS February 6, 1896.
1 leaf.
[E. F. Black] to Jesus M. Palacios [Muzquiz]. Re: Mrs. McKellar is anxious to see del Rio's reply to your letter before she gives you instructions to proceed; inquiring about the legal fees he is intending to charge; she wants Davila, Goodwin and Milmo to give her one year after receiving the property to pay their claims; she also wants to know if Mr. Learmonth can be made "interventor;" if Nelson wants to move more stock, you and Don Miquel use your judgement regarding the "embargo;" make it clear to Miguel that Mrs. McKellar is unable to put any money into the matter; inquiring if they choose to embargo the property and bring suit, can they abandon the suit without forfeiting the bond; the Stewart letter is most essential if we do commence action. TL, 1 leaf with handwritten editing. February 27, 1896.
Palacios, Jesus M. [Muzquiz] to Mrs. Jane McKellar [Kansas City, Mo.]. Re: Nelson &Weller tried to get a group of cattle; talked to del Rio about this; his reply (in Spanish); thinks you should start a case against Nelson and Weller. TLS March 5, 1896.
1 leaf.
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42/130 San Jose Material. Mendelson, Tom [Executor of A. G. Anderson, London] to Mrs. McKellar [Nacimiento, Coahuila]. Re: late husband's account balance due. ALS, 2 leaves with carbon copy. February 28, 1893.
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42/140 San Jose Material. Gomez, Carlos A. to Sarah Scott McKellar. Re: her migration. TLS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). February 25, 1952.
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42/150 San Jose Material. Letter from Rafael Aldape Quiroz [Comerciante en Mercancias Extrangeras y del Pais]. Re: sold a black steer. ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). December 14, 1894.
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42/160 San Jose Material. Account statement with Pablo Marintez. 1 handwritten leaf (in Spanish). April 24, 1893.
Account Statement with Pablo Marintez, on the back are lists of payments given to J. M. Palacios, 1 handwritten leaf (in Spanish with English note). December 1892 to July 1893.
Statement of legal expenses in Mexico from August 1892 to May 1893. 1 handwritten leaf (in Spanish).
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42/170 San Jose Material. Statement of distribution of funds, 1 handwritten leaf (in Spanish). June 27, 1893.
Note of payment to Ladd and Miller, ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). January 7, 1895.
Palacios, Jesus M. to Sr. Antonio de la Fuente Monclova. ALS, 2 folio leaves (in Spanish). February 22, 1895.
Palacios, Jesus M. to Lic. Pablo Martinez del Rio. TL, 3 leaves (in Spanish). February 6, 1896.
Palacios, Jesus M. to S. S. TL, 1 leaf (in Spanish). February 26, 1896.
Palacios, Jesus M. to E. F. Black. TLS, 2 leaves (in Spanish). March 5, 1896.
Palacios, Jesus M. to E. F. Black. TLS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). April 6, 1896.
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42/180 San Jose Material. Fisher, Thomas B. [Dalgety &Co.] to David McKellar. Re: Dunedin Branch has turned your account over to us for collection of the L9304:17:6 debt; we must ask you to furnish us with security on the Nacimiento estate. ALS July 14, 1891.
2 leaves.
Fisher, Thomas B. [Dalgety &Co.] to Mrs. David McKellar. Re: read of the death of Mr. McKellar in The Times; enclosing copy of account of debt, L10,281:2:2. ALS August 29, 1892.
1 leaf.
Fisher, Thomas B. [Dalgety &Co.] to the Executor or Personal Representative of David McKellar, Nacimiento. Re: McKellar debt account statement. ALS August 29, 1892.
1 leaf.
Statement on balance of account, ALS September 10, 1890.
1 leaf.
Statements of account 7 handwritten leaves. April 23, 1890.
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42/190 San Jose Material. Rawson [Dalgety &Co.] to D. McKellar. Re: sale of wool at Tapanui, proceeds reduced debt to L3,470:12:10. ALS May 2, 1890.
1 leaf.
Fisher, Thomas B. [Dalgety &Co.] to Mrs. David McKellar. Re: sympathy, the Board thanks you for promise to liquidate the assets to help repay the long overdue debt. ALS September 7, 1892.
2 leaves.
Fisher, Thomas B. [Dalgety &Co.] to Executors of David McKellar. Re: sending account statement showing balance of L10,586:14:5. ALS January 20, 1893.
1 leaf.
Fisher, Thomas B. [Dalgety &Co.] to Mrs. David McKellar. Re: account balance of L12,148:9:9. ALS January 18, 1895.
2 leaves.
Fisher, Thomas B. [Dalgety &Co.] to Mrs. David McKellar. Re: account balance of L13,943:4:9. ALS January 22, 1897.
2 leaves.
Fisher, Thomas B. [Dalgety &Co.] to Mrs. David McKellar. Re: balance due; have not heard anything definite about liquidation. ALS July 23, 1897.
2 leaves.
McKellar, Jane K. to Dalgety and Co., Ltd. Re: the 11 1/2 acres in Black Gallery Moorsdale, near Brooksdale, she does not have the deed but will write to Mr. Quinn. The regridgerating shares were not among McKellar's papers. McKellar's will was written in Old Mexico so not certified. She will contact E. F. Black to attend to these matters. Regrets her inability to resolve all the debt to their company. AL October 26, 1898.
1 leaf.
Account statements. 7 handwritten statements, 11 leaves.
Fisher, Thomas B. [Dalgety &Co.] to Mrs. David McKellar. Re: account balance of L16,555:11:1. ALS July 14, 1899.
1 leaf.
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42/200 San Jose Material. Carson &Watson [the Scottish Mortgage and Land Investment Co. of New Mexico, Ltd.] to David McKellar [London]. Re: received letter from Las Vegas with charges for judgement; account statement; interest charged; have to admit they have been lenient; making nothing on this transaction because of all the trouble with advancing the money; they could have better profits if they had invested in New Mexico instead. ALS November 4, 1889.
1 leaf.
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42/210 San Jose Material. Chapa, P. to E. F. Black. ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). April 20, 1894.
Letones, Ruperto G. to E. F. Black. ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). August 28, 1894.
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42/220 San Jose Material. Maldonado, Alfredo Valdes to Extranjeros Radicados. TLS, 1 leaf with carbon copy (in Spanish). February 22, 1951.
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42/230 San Jose Material. Nieto, Guillermo to Dora S. McKellar. Re: her payment to the registration of immigrants. TLS, 1 leaf with envelop (in Spanish). February 14, 1947.
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42/240 San Jose Material. Cano, Enrique Rodriguez to David McKellar. TLS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). August 22, 1951.
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42/250 San Jose Material. Cavaros, Amado to E. F. Black. ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). May 25, 1894.
Cavaros, Amado to E. F. Black. ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). October 3, 1894.
Cavaros, Amado to E. F. Black. ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). September 19, 1895.
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42/260 San Jose Material. Receipt to Banco de Londres y Mexico, S.A. from Lic Luis Manuel Rojas. TLS, 1 leaf with envelope (in Spanish). August 25, 1951.
Receipt to Lic Luis Manuel Rojas from Banco de Londres y Mexico, S.A.TLS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). August 25, 1951.
Rojas, Jr. Lic Luis Manuel to A. S. McKellar. TLS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). March 11, 1952.
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42/270 San Jose Material. Receipt from Franco Trevino of Tesoria Municipal de Múzquiz. TLS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). September 10, 1893.
Muzquiz D., M. to E. F. Black. Re: payments. ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). August 30, 1895.
Muzquiz D., M. to E. F. Black. Re: payments. ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). September 30, 1895.
Muzquiz D., M. to E. F. Black. Re: late payments. ALS, 2 leaves (in Spanish). November 23, 1895.
Muzquiz D., M. to Jane McKellar. Re: debts. ALS, 2 leaves (in Spanish and part in English). December 28, 1895.
Muzquiz D., M. to E. F. Black. ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). January 10, 1896.
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42/280 San Jose Material. Secretary of the Mexican Republic to Jane McKellar. Re: her telegram. ALS, 1 leaf (in Spanish). August 9, 1893.
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43/10 Blueprint of dipping vat.
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43/20 Blueprint of Terrenos del Juan Long (north of Mariposa), May 22, 1911.
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43/30 Cattle inventories [1912-1945],
7 leaves.
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43/40 Cattle production costs lists
13 leaves.
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43/50 Cattle sales contracts
1 leaf.
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43/55 Certificate of Incorporation.
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43/60 Dissolution of La Mariposa document
12 leaves.
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43/70 Distribution of working expenses and taxes at La Mariposa 1919-1932,
3 leaves.
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43/80 Indian settlement: documents and correspondence 1938-1939,
42 leaves and 1 pamphlet.
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43/90 Indian settlement: documents and correspondence 1943-1944,
45 leaves.
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43/100 Information re: Gen. Trevino lands
1 leaf.
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43/110 Inventory and valuation of La Mariposa [1909-1929],
20 leaves.
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43/120 Lease agreement contracts
5 leaves.
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43/130 The Mexican Agrarian Code by Guillermo A. Suro
8 leaves.
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43/135 To the stockholders of the Mariposa Company regarding the The Mexican Agrarian Code
19 leaves.
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43/140 Mexican bulletin re: Expropriation La Mariposa land, given to Kickapoo Indians, (document missing??) December 7, 1921.
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43/150 Mexican legal documents
25 leaves.
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43/160 Plan of corrals at La Mariposa
1 leaf.
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43/170 Profit and loss statements [1908-1951],
8 leaves.
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43/180 Rainfall information
32 leaves.
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43/190 Shareholder's addresses
1 leaf.
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43/200 Shareholder's documents and special meeting minutes [1925-1962],
27 leaves.
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43/210 Shareholder's regular meeting minutes [1921-1956],
17 leaves.
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44/10-46/110 Camara Ganadera de Coahuila Correspondence, 1923-1952 and undated.
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Box 47/10-49/260 Receipts/Invoices A-Z, 1939-1951.
Includes receipts and invoices from Aikman, Griffin & Mothershead, American Hereford Association, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company, Bibb & Fitch Motor Co., Bureau of the Census, Eagle Hardware Company, Eagle Pass Drug Company, First National Bank of Eagle Pass, Flores, Rodolfo L., Gonzalez, T. H., Gross, Kelly &Co., Ilfeld Hardware & Furniture Co., John Clay & Company, Jones Auto Supply, Kelso, Locke & King, Las Vegas Roller Mill, Las Vegas Savings Bank, Los Olmos Ranch, M. D. Montemayor & Co., Mariposa Company, Max Medley, Moorman Mfg. Co., Murphey's Drug Store, Inc., New Mexico Cattle Growers Assoc., Office of Treasurer of San Miguel County, Post Office Box Rent, Rogers Chevrolet Co., San Antonio Machine & Supply Co., Seymour, Harvey L. (Insurance Agent), Simpson-George, Inc., Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., Texas and New Orleans Railroad Co., Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Service Station, Union Gandera Regional de Coahuila, Wickstrom Chevrolet Co.
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50/10 Original agreement between David McKellar and Peter Learmonth
4 leaves.
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51/10 Audio and Photographic Materials. Interview with Alden Scott and Helen McKellar July 31 & August 1, 1991
2 audio tapes.
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51/20 Audio and Photographic Materials. Transcript of interview with Alden Scott and Helen McKellar July 31 & August 1, 1991
59 leaves and 21 leaves.
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Box 51/30 Audio and Photographic Materials. Notes on photographic materials
3 note pads.
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51/40-51/170 Audio and Photographic Materials. Sheets of photographic negatives and prints.
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51/180 Audio and Photographic Materials. D. H. & Jane McKellar
2 negatives.
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51/190 Audio and Photographic Materials. Display tags.
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51/200 Audio and Photographic Materials. Display pictures
46 prints.
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Box 52/10-50 Cattle Breeders Correspondence, [1929-1952]
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52/230 Miscellaneous Documents. American Hereford Association. Certificate.
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52/240 Miscellaneous Documents. American Hereford Association remittance blanks
7 leaves.
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52/250 Miscellaneous Documents. Official interstate cattle health certificate
3 leaves.
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52/260 Miscellaneous Documents. Lists of Hereford cattle breeders
2 leaves.
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52/270 Miscellaneous Documents. Hereford cattle breeders rules, etc.
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Box 53-[67] Bound volumes of general correspondence. 1902-1918.
10 bound volumes of correspondence handwritten by Learmonth Brothers and/or E. F. Black. NOTE: Five volumes of original accession missing [originally in Box 54, 60, 65-67].

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Box 68-87 Series 3. Diaries and cattle records, 1921-1962.
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Box 65-85 Diaries, 1921-1962.
19 bound volumes of handwritten diary entries.
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Box 86 Cattle sales record. 1 handwritten bound volume. October 31, 1960 to June 11, 1962.
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Box 87 Stock count record. 1 handwritten bound volume. June 30, 1928 to June 30, 1955.

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