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Finding Aid to James Addison Reavis and the Peralta Claim MS.635
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  • Biographical note
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  • Preferred citation
  • Processing history
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  • Use
  • Access

  • Title: James Addison Reavis and the Peralta Claim
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.635
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
    Date: 1942 May
    Abstract: This is a thesis entitled "James Addison Reavis and the Peralta Claim" by Newton A. Johnson. It was presented to the Department of History, University of Southern California in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree Master of Arts in May 1942. The appendix to the thesis includes copies of legal documents from 1883-1895, photographs, and a map.
    creator: Johnson, Newton A.

    Biographical note

    James Addison Reavis (1843-1914) arrived in Arizona in 1882 and filed claim on more than twelve million acres of land in Arizona and New Mexico based on altered Spanish land grant documents; he gained fame as the "Baron of Arizona." He served a short term in a New Mexico prison, then returned to Arizona under the alias J.A. Ashley-Reavis.

    Scope and Contents

    This is a thesis entitled "James Addison Reavis and the Peralta Claim" by Newton A. Johnson. It was presented to the Department of History, University of Southern California in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree Master of Arts in May 1942. The appendix to the thesis includes copies of legal documents from 1883-1895, photographs, and a map.
    Reavis was a swindler and forger, famous for attempting to fraudulently obtain 7,500 sq. miles of Arizona Territory by falsifying documents in Mexico and Spain to show a Spanish land grant to Don Miguel Peralta in 1748.

    Preferred citation

    James Addison Reavis and the Peralta Claim, 1942, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.635.

    Processing history

    Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 25, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

    Acquisition

    Donated by Newton A. Johnson, 1942 June.

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Reavis, James Addison, 1843-1914
    Arizona -- History
    Dissertations, Academic
    Fraud -- Arizona
    Land grants -- Arizona
    Peralta (N.M.)
    Peralta grant
    Swindlers and swindling -- Arizona