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The De Vargas Development Corporation was a real estate business whose partners were Francis P. Wilson, Amelia Elizabeth White, and Martha Root White. A.E.White was president of the corporation; Wilson the attorney. These papers illustrate the land transactions by which Miss White's corporation acquired land from earlier landholders and subsequent sales of lots. The papers include information about old Spanish land grants, names of turn of the 20th century holders of those lands, lawsuits and quitclaims relating to acquisition of those lands; and later exchanges of lots on the De Vargas tracts. They document the shift of property from Hispano to Anglo hands. Those who acquired land from the De Vargas Dorp. were people whose names are often quite well known in Santa Fe affairs--artists, collectors, and those active in Native American affairs and anthropological concerns. The Corporation was dissolved in the mid 1960s.
The original papers were in folders labelled by the names of property holders, and this has been maintained; not all papers were in folders, and it is evident that time and many hands have created some disarray in what may have been the original organization. There appear to be three groups of papers: those recording the land transactions by which De Vargas Corp (that is, Wilson and the White sisters) acquired large tracts of land; those recording the subsequent sales of plots of land; and a third group of papers unrelated to the De Vargas Corp but stemming from Francis P. Wilson's work as attorney for various concerns. The current arrangement of the collection reflects these three different activities, but without altering too much the original order.
Cite as: De Vargas Development Corporation records, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM.
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