Session laws of New Mexico: title varies1847–, var. state printers,1848– (Present-day New Mexico comprises roughly half of what was once a large
province of Mexico, called Nuevo México, that included present-day Arizona and part of present-day Texas. The province was ceded to the United States
after the Mexican-American War by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, 2 February 1848. Anticipating the treaty, the first New Mexico territorial assembly met
in December, 1847. In 1850 Congress formally organized the newly-acquired area as the Territory of New Mexico, but not before ceding to Texas that
portion of the former Mexican province now known as the Texas Panhandle. In 1853 the Territory of New Mexico was enlarged in its southern reaches by the
Gadsen Purchase. In 1862 Congress split New Mexico Territory to create the separate Territory of Arizona, with both entities taking on roughly their
present configuration. Statehood came for New Mexico on 6 January 1912, with the first session of the State Legislature being held in March 1912. For
the years 1847-1867 & 1869 the session laws were published in bilingual versions. For 1868 & 1871-1949 they were published in two separate editions.,
English and Spanish. Finally, after 1949 English prevails alone. Following OCLC cataloging practice, LLMC has grouped the bilingual years 1847-1867 &
1869, the English-language versions for 1868 & 1871-1949, and the English-only years from 1949 to date as one continuous title stretching from 1847
to date. The separate Spanish editions for 1868 & 1871-1949 are treated as a separate title that is offered elsewhere on this site.)(Documents that
are part of the Early State Records collection were digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Library of Congress, Henry E.
Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and the Harvard University Library).