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.
Albert B. Fall, senator from New Mexico (1912-21) and secretary of the Interior
(1921-23), 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.
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