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W. Calvin Brown Collection

Identifier: PAC 036

Scope and Content

Small collection of cabinet and boudoir cards mainly of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and some portraits.


  • 1885 - 1889
  • Majority of material found in Placeholder Unit Date Text


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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

W. Calvin Brown came to Albuquerque in December of 1882 as an appointed Lieutenant in the Territorial Militia. He traveled and photographed widely over northwestern New Mexico and Arizona. He made test prints in cyanotype and card pictures for sale of such locations as Johnson's Canyon, Canyon Diablo, the Hopi area and the Mojave Indians. He also sold photographs by others including Charles Lummis. For a period of time in the late 1880s he put his studio on Gold Avenue in Albuquerque under the management of E. Gregg while he served as a Marshal. He had a brief partnership with George A. Wonfor before selling out to William Henry Cobb and moving to Virginia where he opened a studio in Farmville.


.25 Linear Feet


W. Calvin Brown Collection, 1885 - 1889
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

Part of the NMHM Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Repository

113 Lincoln Ave.
Santa Fe NM 87501 USA