Records of the Compañia Constructora Richardson, S.A., 1904-1968 (bulk 1904-1927)

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Records of the Compañia Constructora Richardson, S.A., 1904-1968 (bulk 1904-1927)

MS 113

Collection Summary

Creator: Compañia Constructora Richardson, S.A.
Collection Name:Records of the Compañia Constructora Richardson, S.A.,
Inclusive Dates: 1904-1968
Bulk Dates: 1904-1927
Physical Description:.4 Linear feet
Abstract:Records, 1904-1968 (bulk 1904-1927). Collection consists primarily of photographs, legal papers, and other materials concerning the development of a railroad and irrigation system in the Yaqui River Valley, Sonora, Mexico.
Collection Number:MS 113
Language: Materials in English and Spanish
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Historical Note

In 1904, the California-based Richardson Brothers Company and its subsidiary, Richardson Construction Company, established Compañia Constructora Richardson to handle its interests in Sonora, Mexico. W.E. Richardson, Davis Richardson, and H.A. Sibbet were the executives. The purpose of the company was to build a railroad line and develop an irrigation system in the Yaqui River Valley, for agricultural and real estate development.

The company purchased most of the land from the bankrupt Sinaloa and Sonora Land and Irrigation Company, and sold the rights to build the railroad to the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. Work on the project was stalled during the Mexican Revolution. The contracts previously granted by the president Porfirio Diaz were renegotiated with the new president, Alvaro Obregón. Yaqui Delta Land and Water Company was formed by the Richardsons in 1909 to sell bonds for Compañia Constructora Richardson. The Compañia was acquired by the Mexican government in 1927, and became Irrigadora del Yaqui, S.A.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs comprise the major part of the collection; legal papers and descriptive material are also included. The photos document the company projects from the excavation stages to completed dams. Also depicted are the port city of Guaymas and other Sonoran locations, Yaqui Indians, petroglyphs, the Richardson family and home, mines, and other subjects of local interest; some concern the Mexican Revolution.

A report "Background material on irrigation development of the Yaqui Valley, Sonora, Mexico, and the sale of the project to the Mexican government" was written by company attorney Chandler P. Ward in 1968. Original and copied legal papers include tax receipts, information on land sales, stock transfers, and deeds. Printed information includes publicity pamphlets produced by Compañia Constructora Richardson; a stockholder report with map; a booklet "The Land Laws of Mexico;" and several contracts with the Mexican government.


This collection is organized into four series.



There are no restrictions on this collection.


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Related Material

Digitized files from the collection can be found as part ofArizona-Sonora Documents Online under Records of the Compañia Constructora Richardson, S.A.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Richardson, Davis, 1862-1909
Richardson, William Edward, 1870-1942
Sibbet, Herbert A
Ward, Chandler P

Corporate Name(s)
Compañia Constructora Richardson, S.A. -- Archives
Sinaloa and Sonora Land and Irrigation Company
Southern Pacific Railroad Company

Geographic Name(s)
Guaymas (Sonora, Mexico) -- History -- Photographs
Mexico -- History -- Revolution, 1910-1920
Sonora (Mexico : State) -- History -- Sources
Yaqui River Valley (Mexico) -- History -- Photographs

Agricultural colonies -- Mexico -- Sonora (State)
Agriculture and state -- Mexico -- Sonora (State)
Indians of Mexico -- Mexico -- Sonora (State) -- Photographs
Irrigation engineering -- Mexico -- Yaqui River
Water rights -- Mexico -- Yaqui River
Yaqui Indians -- Photographs

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Records of the Compañia Constructora Richardson, S.A., (MS 113). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Historical Material, 1909-1968
11 Historical Material, 1909-1968
Series II: Legal Papers, ca.1904-1927
12 Legal Papers, ca.1904-1927
Series III: Printed Material, ca.1904-1925
13 Printed Material, ca.1904-1925
Series IV: Photographs, 1904-1927
14 Photographs, 1904-1927