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Simon B. Newcomb papers

Identifier: Ms-0232-SC

Scope and Contents

The Simon B. Newcomb papers contains photographs and documents of the Newcomb family. Included are images of Saint Genevieve’s Church and portraits of Newcomb and his brother, Albert Newcomb. The manuscript documents include a letter 1894 from Newcomb to George H. Newcomb, Albert Newcomb’s United States Army discharge paper, and an electrostatic copy printed genealogy of the Newcomb family. The collection originally included a beaded Apache ceremonial pouch, from the ca. 1880s, which was moved to the University Museum.


  • 1841-1901

Biographical / Historical

Simon Bolivar Newcomb was born on March 9, 1838 in Canada. From 1855 to 1860 Newcomb studied law in Canda. On November 19, 1867 he married Alice McDonald in Toledo, Ohio. In 1870, Newcomb moved to Texas and from 1871-1874 served as the judge of the 25th Judicial District of Texas. Newcomb moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1875, where he was a law partner of Herbert B. Holt, and one of the founders of the Las Cruces College (now New Mexico State University). He also worked as a receiver for the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1881. After the death of his first wife, Alice, he married Abigail Read in Silver City, New Mexico in November of 1884. Newcomb was president of the New Mexico Bar Association in 1888.


2 folders (Small Collections)

Language of Materials



Papers of territorial New Mexico attorney, politician, and judge Simon B. Newcomb who lived in Las Cruces, law partner of H.B. Holt and one of the founders of the Las Cruces College.

Related Materials

Herbert B. Holt papers. Ms 0061. New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections Department.

George W. Maxwell Papers. Ms 0213. New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special Collections Department.

Processing Information

Austin Hoover and Linda Blazer, 1985. Updated by Cassie McClure, 2006.
Guide to the Simon B. Newcomb papers
Austin Hoover, Linda Blazer and Cassie McClure
Updated in 2006
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository