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Dana B. Chase Photographs

Identifier: PAC 031

Scope and Content

Collection of approximately 230 images by D.B. Chase or his “operators”. Includes photographs of Santa Fe, Pueblo Indians and miscellaneous New Mexico scenes dated 1884 - 1892.


  • 1884 - 1892


Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers on an appointment basis only, pending approval of application to view original material.

Copy Restrictions

Permission to publish must be obtained from Photo Archives. Online Request Permission form available at: User responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

Not much is know about the life of Dana B. Chase, a pioneer photographer in New Mexico. Born in Maine in 1848, he operated studios in Trinidad and other Colorado locations from 1873 well into the 1880s, primarily in Trinidad. In 1884 he took over the Santa Fe plaza studio of William Henry Brown using the services of two “operators” W.L. Fetter and E.B Headley. Twice married he was divorced his first wife Ella, with whom he had four children, in 1888. He married his second wife Belle in Santa Fe in 1888 and divorced her in 1897. He sold his Santa Fe gallery to photographer Thomas J. Curran in 1892. He died in 1897.


1 linear foot

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Dana B. Chase Collection, 1884 - 1892
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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Repository Details

Part of the NMHM Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Repository

113 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA