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Richard W. D. Bryan Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-001

Scope and Content

Collection consists of photographs of R. W. D. Bryan, teachers, and students of the Albuquerque Indian School and the University of New Mexico. Also contains pictures of the Albuquerque Fourth Ward School, Hodgin and Hadley Halls, American Lumber Co., and an adobe building in Old Town identified as being at various times the Sunnyside Inn, and the San Felipe Hotel "before restored to territorial style." Other photographs of note include the Bryan home, the Indian School, under construction, Arbor Day at UNM (1903), portraits of unidentified football players in uniform (circa 1920), Pima Indian students and of Francis Schlatter (known as "The Healer," 1895), and cattle fording the Rio Grande (1914). The photographs were produced by various photographers including Albright Art Parlors in Albuquerque as well as Detroit Photographic Company, Ben Wittick, and William Henry Jackson.


  • 1880-1929


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


Richard William Dickinson Bryan, Arctic explorer, educator, and lawyer, was born in New York on October 6, 1849. He served as a government astronomer on the Hall Arctic Expedition, 1871-1873. He received his law degree in 1876. In August 1882, he went to Albuquerque, New Mexico to become superintendent of the Albuquerque Indian School where he served until the Presbyterian home mission board ended its management of the school in 1886. As superintendent, he introduced industrial education to the school. He encouraged family interaction, believing that the school should be close enough for parents to visit and that the students should have extended vacations at home. Bryan helped to organize the Territorial Educational Association of New Mexico, and was chosen as the first president of the association. After leaving his post at the school he continued to live in Albuquerque practicing law and participating in community affairs. At the time of his death on February 10, 1913, he was President of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.


34 items (1 box) : 34 photographic prints

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Photographs of R. W. D. Bryan, teachers, and students of the Albuquerque Indian School and the University of New Mexico as well as buildings and mining operations in New Mexico.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Photographs separated from the Richard W. D. Bryan Family Papers.


Contact Information

  1. University of New Mexico
  2. MSC05 3020, 1, University of New Mexico
  3. Center for Southwest Research
  4. Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  5. Phone: 505-277-7173
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Finding Aid of the Richard W. D. Bryan Photograph Collection, 1880-1929
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131