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Albert W. Vogel Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-005

Scope and Content

Photographs showing extremely impoverished living conditions of Hispanic Americans and African-Americans then living in the areas of Albuquerque, N.M. known as Barelas and Arenal, and in the town of Los Lunas. Material collected for Vogel's publication Barelas, Arenal, and Los Lunas: a photographic essay on poverty in New Mexico,1967. Children and ramshackle adobe dwellings, some lacking roofs, are the subject of many of these images. Others show family groups and a young Hispanic couple. One photo shows the re-plastering of a dwelling; another the construction of a home; and one a simple, but well-preserved, adobe residence. There is also a photograph of a flooded street. Prints are 8 x 10 in. or smaller.

"Los Penitentes" is the title of a small booklet containing photographs of Penitente rituals, a morada structure, and the yucca whips called "disciplinas." The booklet was published by Cosner Selling Co. of Denver and copyrighted in 1931. On the cover, it is written that the photographs were "taken years ago in New Mexico". The photographer is not identified.


  • 1931-1966


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of materials allowed for research purposes in most cases. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


Albert W. Vogel received a Masters in English from the University of New Mexico in 1957. Originally these photographs were taken for a grant submitted to the Office of Economic Opportunity.


58 plus items (1 box) : 57 photographic prints, 1 booklet containing 5 photo prints and 1 page of text ; prints: 8 x 10 in. or smaller


Material collected for Vogel's publication, Barelas, Arenal, and Los Lunas: a photographic essay on poverty in New Mexico, 1967.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.


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 Albert W. Vogel Photograph Collection, 1931-1966
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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