FALL, Albert Bacon, 1861-1944

New Mexico Historical Society

Guide to Research Collections

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: Discussed in interview with Horace Albright.

Henry E. Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1887-1941 (bulk 1912-1923). Ca. 55,000 items. Personal correspondence pertaining to family and business affairs; political correspondence and papers, chiefly concerning New Mexico, national elections of 1916 and 1920, Colombian Treaty, and League of Nations; natural resources materials including land problems and water rights, reclamation projects, Alaskan development, Fall’s oil file; conservation vs. utilization of forest and mineral wealth, and the Teapot Dome affair; Mexican affairs correspondence and documents pertaining to revolution 1910-1921, outrages committed against U.S. citizens and property in Mexico, revolutionary leaders and movements, effects of outside interests such as U.S. petroleum companies and communistic influences; and papers of Franklin K. Lane, chairman of the American-Mexican Joint Commission to settle the Mexican dispute. Finding aid.

New Mexico State University
Political Papers Archives
Las Cruces, NM
Papers: 1905-1941. 17 linear feet. Political and personal correspondence, reports, press clippings relating to Fall’s public career as United States Secretary of the Interior, including his role in United States Naval petroleum reserves, and his prosecution and trial. Some material relates to Fall’s tenure in the U.S. Senate, Mexican mineral interests, and politics during the World War I era. Also included are materials created and received by Fall’s wife and daughters. Finding aid available online.

Papers: Portraits in the Albert Bacon Fall Photograph Collection,1890-1929.

Papers: 1808-1984 (Bulk1915-1930). 4.5 linear feet. Caroline Stras Collection of Fall family papers including letters and papers of Albert B. Fall, his wife Emma Fall, his daughter Jouett Fall Elliott and her husband Brant Elliott and their daughter Caroline Elliott Stras. The collection has been divided into three series: Jouett Fall Elliott papers, Albert B. Fall papers and Images. The sole items relating to Caroline Stras are the photographs of her in the Photographs series. A large part of the collection is the personal correspondence of Jouett Elliot Fall. Also included are some papers and correspondence relating to Albert B. Fall and his business interests. The materials are in English, except for a few items in Spanish. There are a few items relating to the Teapot Dome scandal, including some trail documents and letters from supporters. The materials provide a personal look at the scandal through the family letters from the Falls in Washington, D.C. and Jouett in New Mexico and elsewhere from the time of the trail. Finding aid available online.

Papers: Additional materials in the Herman B. Weisner Papers, 1957-1992; the Mahlon T. Everhart Papers, 1823-1991; Mark B. Thompson Papers, 1926-1932, Las Cruces, New Mexico attorney who served as defense counsel to former Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall during the Elk Hill and Teapot Dome oil lease bribery trials, Washington, D.C., 1926-1927; and Holm O. Bursum Papers, 1873-1936. Finding aids available online.

University of New Mexico
Center for Southwest Research
Albuquerque, NM
Papers: 1851-1927 (Bulk 1922-1927). 10 feet. The collection contains papers covering Fall’s career as U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Interior. It includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, congressional records dealing with oil scandals and Mexican affairs, and federal court transcripts and briefs relating to his legal troubles. It is divided into eight series. Correspondence, drafts of speeches, maps, general papers, and 10 volumes of clippings and photographs relating to service in the U.S. Senate and Department of Interior. Includes material on Teapot Dome oil scandals, his Senate activities, his Tres Ritos ranch, affairs and conditions in Mexico, national and international petroleum production, League of Nations, patronage, and activities as secretary of interior. Also 42 microfilm reels of most of the papers held by the Huntington Library, made prior to the arrival of the papers at the Huntington. Finding aid available online.

Papers: Aditonal material in the Richard Lowitt Papers on Bronson M. Cutting, 1899-1993 (bulk 1910-1936, 1982-1988). Finding aid available online.

Washington State University
Pullman, WA
Papers: 1918-1943. 1.5 feet. Official and private correspondence (photocopies), clippings, memoranda, and press releases relating to Fall’s service as secretary of interior and his trial for conspiracy. Finding aid.