Guide to the Albert B. Fall Papers 1918-1943
Cage 240

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Fall, Albert B.
Title
Albert B. Fall Papers
ID
Cage 240
Date [inclusive]
1918-1943
Extent
3.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
1.5 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, memoranda, and materials used during Albert B. Fall's trial (all materials are reproductions). Correspondents include: President Warren G. Harding, E.L. Doheny.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Albert B. Fall Papers, 1918-1943

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections Washington State University Libraries Pullman, WA

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Biographical/Historical note

Albert Bacon Fall was a lawyer in the New Mexico Territory and was elected as a Democrat to the House of Representatives in 1890. In 1912, he was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate. He was one of New Mexico's first two United States Senators. He was appointed by President Warren Harding in 1921 as Secretary of the Interior. In this position, Fall leased the government-owned Teapot Dome oil reserves to Mammoth Oil Company (controlled by Harry Ford Sinclair) and the Elk Hills oil reserves to Pan-American Petroleum Company (controlled by Edward Laurence Doheny). In 1929, he was convicted of accepting 100,000 dollars from Doheny and an important company position from Sinclair in exchange for the oil leases. For his role in what is known as the Teapot Dome Scandal, he was fined 100,000 dollars and sentenced to one year in prison.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of photocopies of correspondence, memoranda, and materials used during the trial of Albert B. Fall. The Blue Book file, apparently collated by Fall for use during the conspiracy trials, consists primarily of Interior Department files regarding the leasing of oil lands. The El Paso file is primarily concerned with Fall's legal and financial difficulties following his resignation as Secretary of the Interior. The file also includes documents regarding Mrs. Fall's attempts to exonerate her husband. The Letter file consists of Fall's professional correspondence with President Harding, E.L. Doheny, and others, as well as Fall's private correspondence after his resignation.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in three series: the Blue Book file, the El Paso file, and the Letter file. The Blue Book file consists of papers collected and used by Albert B. Fall in his trial; the El Paso file consists of papers collected by Mr. and Mrs. Fall pertaining to personal, financial, and legal matters; and the Letter file consists of the official and private correspondence of Albert B. Fall.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2013

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The photocopies in this collection were produced for Dr. David H. Stratton, Professor of History at Washington State University, from originals owned by Alexina Fall Chase of Almagordo, New Mexico, a daughter of A.B. Fall. The originals have since been donated to New Mexico State University Archives and Special Collections as part of the Albert B. Fall Family Papers, Ms 0008.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Fall, Albert B.

Subject(s)

  • Civil Procedure and Courts
  • New Mexico -- Politics and government
  • Politicians -- New Mexico -- Correspondence
  • Politics and politicians
  • Teapot Dome Scandal, 1921-1924 -- Sources

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Bibliography

(Bibliography Source: Ohio History Central, ohiohistorycentral.org)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Blue Book file 1917-1924 

Box Folder

Blue book file 1917-1920 

1 1

Blue book file 1921 March-July 

1 2

Blue book file 1921 August-October 

1 3

Blue book file 1921 November 

1 4

Blue book file 1921 December 

1 5

Blue book file 1922 January 

1 6

Blue book file 1922 February 

1 7

Blue book file 1922 March 

1 8

Blue book file 1922 April 

1 9

Blue book file 1922 May 

1 10

Blue book file 1922 June 

1 11

Blue book file 1922 July 

1 12

Blue book file 1922 August 

1 13

Blue book file 1922 September 

1 14

Blue book file 1922 October 

1 15

Blue book file 1922 November 

1 16

Blue book file 1922 December 

1 17

Blue book file 1923 January 

1 18

Blue book file 1923 February 

1 19

Blue book file 1923 March 

1 20

Blue book file 1923 April-December 

1 21

Blue book file 1924 

1 22

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Series 2: El Paso file 1911-1941 

Box Folder

El Paso file 1918-1925 

2 23

El Paso file 1925-1926 

2 24

El Paso file 1927 

2 25

El Paso file 1928 

2 26

El Paso file 1929 

2 27

El Paso file 1930 

2 28

El Paso file 1931-1932 

2 29

El Paso file 1933-1937 

2 30

El Paso file 1922-1923 

2 31

El Paso file 1923 

2 32

El Paso file (1911-1912) 1931 

2 33

El Paso file (1917) 1940 

2 34

El Paso file 1925 

2 35

El Paso file 1926 

2 36

El Paso file 1928 

2 37

El Paso file 1928-1935 

2 38

El Paso file 1929 

2 39

El Paso file 1929 

2 40

El Paso file 1930 

2 41

El Paso file 1931 

2 42

El Paso file 1931 

2 43

El Paso file 1931 

2 44

El Paso file 1931 

2 45

El Paso file 1931 

2 46

El Paso file 1938-1939 

2 47

El Paso file 1938 

2 48

El Paso file 1941 

2 49

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Series 3: Letter file 1913-1969 

Box Folder

Letter file, Harding 1920-1921 

3 50

Letter file, Harding 1921-1922 

3 51

Letter file, Harding 1922-1923 

3 52

Letter file, Doheny 1919-1924 

3 53

Letter file, Doheny 1925 

3 54

Letter file, Doheny 1926 

3 55

Letter file, miscellaneous, C-D 1921-1932 

3 56

Letter file, miscellaneous, H 1920-1924 

3 57

Letter file, miscellaneous, L Undated 

3 58

Letter file, miscellaneous, M 1924-1935 

3 59

Letter file, miscellaneous, P 1929-1932 

3 60

Letter file, miscellaneous, R-S 1913-1931 

3 61

Letter file, miscellaneous, W 1913-1933 

3 62

Letters regarding possession, etc. 1965-1969 

3 63

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