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mssFA Boxes 1-109  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Additional Collection Guide
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Albert B. Fall Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1887-1941
    Bulk dates: 1912-1923
    Collection Number: mssFA Boxes 1-109
    Creator: Fall, Albert B. (Albert Bacon), 1861-1944.
    Extent: 55,000 pieces in 109 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 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.
    Language: English.

    Access

    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]. Albert B. Fall Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of Mahlon T. Everhart, Jr., 1952-1963.

    Biographical Note

    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.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains letters and documents related to the following subjects: Fall's terms of office as senator for New Mexico and secretary of the Interior (1912-23), family affairs (1907-41), and 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 (including the testimony before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee Investigating Mexican Affairs); reclamation projects (especially the Colorado River Project and Elephant Butte Dam); Indian Affairs (particularly with the Apache, Navajo, and Pueblo tribes); Alaska. Significant persons represented in the collection include: Holm Olaf Bursum (31 pieces), Thomas Benton Catron (5), George Curry (20), Harry Micajah Daugherty (15), Henry Ossian Flipper (25), Warren Gamaliel Harding (25), Herbert Clark Hoover (10), Charles Evans Hughes (23), Franklin Knight Lane (24), Robert Lansing (21), Henry Cabot Lodge (13), Stephen Tyng Mather (10), Theodore Roosevelt (10), Woodrow Wilson (15).

    Additional Collection Guide

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in the following 4 series:
    • Personal Correspondence (Boxes 1-12)
    • Political Correspondence (Boxes 13-43)
    • Natural resources (Boxes 44-69)
    • Mexican affairs (Boxes 71-109)

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Fall, Albert B. (Albert Bacon), 1861-1944.
    United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations.
    United States. Department of the Interior.
    Cabinet officers -- United States -- Archives.
    Legislators -- United States -- Archives.
    Oil industries -- West (U.S.)
    Teapot Dome Scandal, 1921-1920 -- History -- Sources.
    Indians of North America -- New Mexico.
    Natural resources -- West (U.S.)
    Conservation of natural resources -- West (U.S.)
    Water reuse -- New Mexico.
    New Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1848-1950.
    Mexico -- History -- Revolution, 1910-1920.
    United States -- Foreign relations -- Mexico.
    Mexico -- Foreign relations -- United States.
    New Mexico -- History -- 1848- -- Sources.

    Forms/Genres

    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century.
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century.

    Alternate Authors

    Bursum, Holm Olaf.
    Catron, Thomas Benton, 1840-1921.
    Curry, George, 1861-1947.
    Daugherty, H. M. (Harry Micajah), 1860-1941.
    Flipper, Henry Ossian, 1856-1940.
    Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923.
    Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
    Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948.
    Lane, Franklin K.
    Lansing, Robert, 1864-1928.
    Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924.
    Mather, Stephen Tyng, 1867-1930.
    Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
    Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.