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Joseph E. Smith photographs

Identifier: Ms-0362

Scope and Content

This collection contains copy negatives, photocopies and 35mm color slides of 25 photographs loaned for copying by the donor. The original mounted photographic prints were returned to the donor. The backs of the some of the original card mounts, which also were photocopied, bear the stamp of Smith while others bear the stamp of photographer E.A. Bass. Authorship of those photographs is uncertain. Smith bought the Bass studio in the 1880s.


  • 1880

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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 not been transferred to New Mexico State University.

Biography / History

Joseph E. Smith was born in Massachusetts on September 27, 1858. He was a student at Boston School of Technology from 1877-1878 and he moved to Chicago. There he learned photography, practicing it as a vocation briefly. Around 1883 Smith went to Socorro, New Mexico where he was an assistant manager of Diamond D Cattle Company and the following year he turned to mining at Kelly. In 1885 until 1898, Smith opened and ran a photo studio in Socorro and also became a manager of a lumber-hardware business. From 1898 to 1908 he ran a drug store, which burned down in 1908, and a insurance business. Smith ran the insurance and real estate business until his death in January 25,1946. A descendent of Smith in Socorro retains a large collection of his original glass negatives.


1 folder (Photo Small Collections)


Twenty-five photographs from a pioneer New Mexico photographer. Includes scenes from Magdalena, Kelly, Socorro, San Antonio and San Marcial, New Mexico, ca. 1880s.


  1. RG99-152 Gift of Bob Eveleth.

Processing Information

Updated by Cassie McClure, August 2005.
Guide to the Joseph E. Smith photographs
Cassie McClure
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Finding aid is in English

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