Edward Leland Bartlett, born in Maine in 1847, studied law at the University of Michigan and in Kansas where he was admitted to the Bar in 1871. He practiced law in Kansas City until 1880. He then moved to Santa Fe where he was active with the regular troops and militia. Bartlett was appointed Solicitor General of New Mexico in 1889. He was active in establishing the New Mexico Bar Association and was a member of the Knights Templars, Masons, and Lodge of Odd Fellows.
According to the seal on one of the documents, Edward L. Bartlett was U.S. Court Commissioner for the Territory of New Mexico, in Santa Fe. Other documents indicate that, as a lawyer, he held power of attorney for the various owners of these mines. He died in Santa Fe on October 19, 1904.
Correspondence, legal and financial documents, from 1881-1904, that include location notices, mining and quit-claim deeds, proofs of labor, contracts, powers of attorney, leases, receipts, bills, promissory notes, injunctions, subpoenas, and bills of complaint. Two sketch maps are present. One shows the Lone Star and Gold King Mines; the other depicts those of the Good Hope Mill and Mining Co.: Clare D., Croesus, Grand Mogul, Little Casino, and Mary E. Steel.