Bigbee Collection


John and Povy LaFarge Bigbee, 2005-2012


Eight cubic feet


1990s farm and ranch appraisals, livestock auctions, Bigbee Cattle Co., slides, records, New Mexico Brand Book; scrapbooks, French papers of the Baha'i, family; E-books - Peter LaFarge, by Schulman; photo of burning World Trade Towers by Eric O'Connell; R-R and cassette tapes, LPs


Rancher John F. Bigbee was born in 1932 in Mountainair NM. From 1972 to 1982, he served as a New Mexico state representative and was involved in the vital development of the state's Severance Tax Permanent Fund. In the 1990s, he served as an appraiser of ranch land throughout the state. He is a member of the New Mexico Cattle Growers Assn.
John is married to Povy LaFarge, born in 1933, and daughter of Oliver La Farge, a noted Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, anthropologist, and champion of Native American rights who first came to prominence in the late 1920s. She is the sister of Peter LaFarge, the singer/songwriter known for bringing Native American issues into the public spotlight in the 1950s and 1960s through contemporary folk music, and known best for his affiliations with Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. As well as wife to John, Povy is well known in her own right from her service on President George Herbert Walker Bush's National Commission on Agricultural Policy from 1988 to 1992.


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