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Historical Postcards Collection

Identifier: AC 427-p

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 19 historical postcards. These postcards were used to promote New Mexico tourism in the early 20th century. The majority feature the Fred Harvey stamp. The postcards portray New Mexican Harvey properties such as The Alvarado, El Ortiz, and La Fonda hotels, as well as local landmarks and cultural scenes.


  • 1903-1908


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Note

These postcards, which date from the turn of the 20th century, are early evidence of New Mexico's tourist industry. Tourism in New Mexico was boostered by Frederick Henry Harvey. Born in London, England, Harvey was an entrepreneur in the American Southwest. He created a chain of Harvey House hotels, lunchrooms, dining cars and souvenir shops along the route of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF). In 1876, the first Harvey House café opened in Topeka, Kansas. It was overwhelmingly successful, as the House featured prompt service and an attention to quality and detail often lacking in western eateries. Soon, the Harvey Houses spread along the route of the Santa Fe Railway. In addition to the hotels and lunchrooms, Harvey promoted cultural tourism. His company ran “Indian Detours” that showed visitors regional sites. To supply the Harvey House gift shops, the Fred Harvey Company contracted with local artisans, as well as publishing its own line of postcards.

At its peak, 84 Harvey Houses were located across the Southwest. They were built and operated into the 1960s. In 1968, Harvey’s descendents sold the chain to Amfac, Inc.


1 Folder

Related Material

The Photo Archives holds additional historical and Harvey postcards in its Postcards Collection.


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. P.O. Box 2087
  3. The Palace of the Governors
  4. Santa Fe, NM 87504-2087
  5. Phone: 505:476-5090
  6. Fax: 505-476-5104
  7. Email:
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Inventory of the Historical Postcards Collection Collection, 1903-1908
Processed by Susanne Ristow
© 2008
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Finding aid is inEnglish

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090