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Dana B. Chase Photographs

Identifier: PAAC-0031

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 a request basis only, pending approval of request to view original material.

Copy Restrictions

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

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 (primarily) and other Colorado locations from 1873 well into the 1880s. 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. He married and divorced twice. He was divorced from 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

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mrs. Z. Pearl Stewart; Gift, Gonzales family
Dana B. Chase Photograph, 1884 - 1892
Under Revision
© 2011
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Revision Statements

  • 07/18/2024: Revised by CD as part of the finding aid update project, 2024

Repository Details

Part of the NMHM Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Repository

113 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA