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James R. Riddle Photographs

Identifier: PAAC -0051

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised of cabinet and boudoir cards, a few stereoviews and viewing album pages with photos on both sides. All images are of New Mexico subjects. If album pages have single image they are 9 1/2" x 15", if four images, each is 4 1/2" x 7 1/2".


  • 1880 - 1890

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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

Little is known about the life of James R. Riddle. He was an established photographer with the firm of Leonard and Martin in Topeka, Kansas in the 1880s but was extensively itinerant. He traveled the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway circuit either renting studio space or using a tent whenever he set up shop. There is record of him operating a photo studio in Santa Fe in 1886 and in Las Cruces in 1888, where he sold views of New Mexico and pitched his tent on the plaza there to take portraits. As the copy on the back of his stereoviews refers to Santa Fe "No city in America will so liberally reward the sight-seer and curiosity hunter".


.25 Linear Feet

James R. Riddle Photographs, 1880 - 1890
Under Revision
© 2011
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Revision Statements

  • 07/24/2024: 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