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Aaron B. Craycraft Photographs

Identifier: PAAC-0021

Scope and Content

This small but invaluable collection of prints and negatives provides unique views of Santa Fe and the northern Pueblos, as well as some portraits and other New Mexico scenes.


  • 1890 - 1918
  • Majority of material found within 1904 - 1915


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to researchers on an appointment basis. Contact the Photo Archivist to request to view original material.

Conditions Governing Use

User responsible for all copyright compliance. Permission to publish must be obtained from Photo Archives. Form to request permission available at:

Biographical Information

Little is known about Aaron B. Craycraft. He was listed as a photographer in Mattoon, Illinois in 1882. He may have been in Santa Fe as early as 1890, but apparently lived in Santa Fe from 1904 to 1918. He did operate a photo studio on the West side of the Plaza from 1904-1905. Photographs from this time are identified as Craycraft Foto, Santa Fe, NM. There are other addresses listed for Craycraft including one on Palace Avenue in 1918. He died on August 21, 1918. What does survive is a small body of photographs on a wide variety of New Mexico subjects including Pueblos, cliff dwelling ruins, and Santa Fe scenes.


.25 Linear Feet

67 Photographic Prints

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Collection Available Online

Select images from the Albright Collection are available on New Mexico Digital Collections.

Related Material

Some prints have corresponding glass negatives which have yet to be added to this finding aid. Prints came from various sources, including the following collections: Bandelier, Cauble, Hewett, Martinez, and Twitchell. A few of Craycraft's images were adapted for use as glass lantern slides or postcards.
Guide to the Aaron B. Craycraft Photographs, 1890 - 1918
© 2011
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Revision Statements

  • 2021-06-25: Finding aid reformatted by Hannah Abelbeck

Repository Details

Part of the NMHM Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Repository

113 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA