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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Cattle Rustling Investigation

Correspondence

Cowboy Poetry

Financial Material

Legal Material

Printed Material

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Charles M. and James E. Cree:

An Inventory of Their Papers, 1885-1950 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Cree, Charles M. and James E.
Title: Charles M. and James E. Cree Papers,
Dates: 1885-1950 and undated
Abstract: The Papers contains correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, and other material related to the affairs of the Cree family's ranch and land holdings in Eastern New Mexico.
Collection # S 1821.1
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

James E. Cree, a Scotsman and owner of a distillery in Edinburgh, Scotland, founded the Angus VV Ranch in the 1880’s. It was located on Little Creek in the vicinity of the town of Angus, Lincoln County, New Mexico. Cree and his partner Brandon Kirby are credited with introducing the Angus breed of cattle to New Mexico. Pat Garrett, former sheriff and noted slayer of Billy the Kid, at one point served as ranch manager on the VV ranch.

Charles M. Cree, the son of James Cree, was also born in Scotland. After immigrating to New Mexico, he resided in Santa Fe, NM, but managed legal matters and other financial transactions related to the Ranch and other family land holdings well into the twentieth century.

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Scope and Content

The bulk of the documents consist of correspondence, cattle brand identification and stock counts, and investigative reports concerning cattle rustling on and around the Angus VV Ranch in the 1890s. Additional material includes financial records, primarily dating from the early- to mid-twentieth century, all of which were handled by Charles M. Cree and his wife.

The Papers can be viewed in their entirety in digital format among the Southwest Collection’s Digital Collections.

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Organization

The Charles M. Cree Papers are organized by the following series: Cattle Rustling Investigation, Correspondence, Cowboy Poetry, Financial Material, Legal Material, and Printed Material.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by either the archives or the creators and authors of items in this collection, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Duplication requests are limited by departmental policies. Please contact our Reference Department for further information.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Charles M. Cree.
James E. Cree.
Subjects (Organizations)
Angus VV Ranch.
Subjects (Places)
Angus (N.M.)
Lincoln County (N.M.)
Santa Fe (N.M.)
Subjects
Aberdeen-Angus cattle.
Cattle rustling.
Cattle stealing.
Law.
Lincoln County (N.M.)--History--19th century.
Ranching.
Ranching--New Mexico--History.

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Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles M. and James E. Cree Papers, 1885-1950 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2014-0136-X

Purchase, 2014

Processing Information

Processed by: Robert Weaver, 2016

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Collection Inventory

Cattle Rustling Investigation

Box Folder
1 1 Agent’s report,1894
2 Brand evidence, undated
3 Calf tallies,1893-1894 and undated
4 Certification of brands, 1892-1902 and undated
Correspondence
Box Folder
1 5 South Eastern NM Stock Growers’ Assoc.,October 17, 1895
6 South Eastern NM Stock Growers’ Assoc.,December 6, 1895
7 South Eastern NM Stock Growers’ Assoc.,December 30, 1895
8 J. A. Woodward,January 15, 1894
9 J. A. Woodward,January 18, 1894
Statements
Box Folder
1 10 A. Harry Aguayo,ca. 1903
11 J. F. Allison, undated
12 Ross Coe, ca. 1903
13 Louis Herrera, October 7, 1895
14 Louis Herrera,November 12, 1895
15 Louis Herrera, November 12, 1895
16 Louis Herrera,December 21, 1895
17 Louis Herrera, January 9, 1896
18 E. E. Miller, undated
19 Felix Miller,December 6, 1895
20 James M. Minter,ca. 1903
21 Unidentified witness,January 16, 1894
22 Unidentified witness, undated

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Correspondence

Box Folder
1 23 1890

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Cowboy Poetry

Box Folder
1 24 Poem,ca. 1890

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Financial Material

Box Folder
1 25 Correspondence and receipts,1896-1950
26 Tax receipts, 1890-1945

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Legal Material

Box Folder
1 27 H. A. Hicks Law Office correspondence, August 1927-August 1928
28 Land deeds and correspondence,1885-1939
29 Oil and gas leases and correspondence,April 1942-November 1943
30 Passport,1928

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Printed Material

Box Folder
1 31 Biographical summary

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