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Furlong & Crispell Photographs

Identifier: PAAC-050

Scope and Content

This small collection of early photographs created in the Las Vegas area includes photos by James Furlong, Theron Crispell, and also their joint efforts under Furlong and Crispell. Images are listed by negative number and brief description. Also included in the collection are 32 glass plate negatives. Furlong and Crispell images are designated with an (FC).


  • 1875 - 1906


Access Restrictions

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

James N. Furlong is noted in a promotional pamphlet on Las Vegas published ca. 1900-1902 as "the pioneer photographer of Las Vegas" arriving from Massachusettts in 1875. While away in Texas and California on cattle buisiness in 1885-1990 he left Theron Cripsell to operate the photo studio under the joint name of Furlong and Crispell. Furlong served as postmaster in Las Vegas from 1879-1885 and operated a stationery and book store. Theron Cripsell operated the Furlong and Crispell studio until starting his own studio in 1891. Crispell was an officer of the Las Vegas Rod and Gun Club and was appointed fish warden for San Miguel County in 1892.


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Collection Available Online

Select images from the Furlong and Crispell Collection are available in New Mexico Digital Collections.
Guide to the Furlong & Crispell Photographs, 1875 - 1906
Under Revision
© 2011
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2021-08-03: 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