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Bennett Yell photographs

Identifier: Ms-0494

Scope and Content

The materials in the collection are broken down into the following groupings:
  1. 100 4x5 color negatives
  2. 521 4x5 black and white negatives
  3. 1270 color negatives (Hasselblad - 2 1/4 x 2/14; Koni-Omega - 2 1/4 x 2 3/4)

Lady of Guadalupe:

  1. Display Board: 36 3.5x3.5 prints
  2. 12 4x5 black and white negatives
  3. 32 2.25x2.25 color negatives
  4. 5 35 mm color transparences
  5. 3.5x3.5 prints

Shooting of Clint Eastwood's Movie <emph render="italic">Hang 'Em High</emph>

  1. 6 8x10 prints
  2. 17 4x5 color transparences
  3. 10 2.25x2.25 negatives and prints

Aerials of Las Cruces:

  1. 5 8x10 color prints
  2. 5 Las Cruces Downtown - color 2.25x2.75
  3. 8 color negatives 2.25x2.75
  4. 15 university color negatives 2.25x2.75

Aerials of Elephant Butte

  1. 1 5x7 color print
  2. 2 color negatives 2.25x2.75

Vaqueros Day Parade

  1. 19 color negatives 2.25x2.25

Juarez and Bull Fight

  1. 36 color negatives 2.25x2.25


  • 1967-1971 and undated
  • Majority of material found in 1967-1969

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Access Restrictions

Open. All materials in this collection are available for research under supervised conditions in the Research Room.

Copy Restrictions

Copyrights associated with materials in this collection have been transferred to New Mexico State University.

Biography / History

Bennett Yell was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the son of government filmmaker William Yell. He worked as a professional photographer in Las Cruces before moving to Florida and opening the Chaparrel Studio in Fort Lauderdale. He later left photography and became an insurance agent in Ocala, Florida.


1.50 Linear Feet


The Bennett Yell photograph collection consists of approximately two thousand one hundred seven (2,107) items of photographic images in various formats created by Bennett Yell of Yell Studio in Las Cruces, New Mexico, from approximately 1967 to 1971. It includes color and black and white negatives of various sizes, 35 mm transparencies, and prints of related to his photography business as well as locations and events in southern New Mexico and northern Mexico. Subjects include Our Lady of Guadalupe, Eugene Manlove Rhodes' grave and services, shooting of the Clint Eastwood movie "Hang 'Em High," Las Cruces, Elephant Butte, Juarez bull fights, Vaqueros Day parade, and other subjects. , Las Cruces, Elephant Butte, Juarez bull fights, Vaqueros Day parade, and other subjects.Hang 'Em High, Las Cruces, Elephant Butte, Juarez bull fights, Vaqueros Day parade, and other subjects.

Processing Information

The collection was minimally processed by Caitlin Wells, February 2015. Several pieces of realia were removed from the collection and deaccessioned. Loose negatives and prints were housed in acid-free folders.
Guide to the Bennett Yell photographs, 1967-1971 and undated
Edited Full Draft
Caitlin Wells
© 2015
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA