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Charles Elkanah Hodgin Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-015

Scope and Content

The collection consists mainly of photographs of University of New Mexico buildings: Hodgin Hall, Hadley Hall (ruins, after 1910), UNM architectural display building at the Irrigation Congress (1912), architectural drawings for a proposed dormitory by Roberts & Thorman, interior (Dean Hodgin's living quarters?) Also included is a photomechanical reproduction of a page of photographic vignettes, probably a class picture for the UNM student yearbook the Mirage (c. 1910) possibly showing Dean Hodgin and education students. Another UNM photo is an aerial view of the campus showing what appears to be a large sports field with Hodgin Hall and other buildings at a distance, set among barren areas and unpaved roads. Other photographs are of a man wearing a top hat and riding a burro (c. 1880-1909), three unidentified marble statuettes of nudes, and a night view of the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C.


  • 1890-1929


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.


Charles Elkanah Hodgin, educator, philosopher, leader in civic and educational movements was born in Indiana in 1858. After graduating from Indiana State Normal School, he taught for 6 years in Indiana. In 1885 he traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Sallie B. Overman, both for her health and to accept a teaching position with the Albuquerque Academy. In 1886 he became the associate principal and by 1890 the principal. He remained the principal until 1891, when he accepted the position as the first superintendent of the Albuquerque Public School System. That same year his wife died. He was actively involved in teacher training and retraining as well as introducing new methods of teaching. In 1894 he received his Bachelor's of Pedagogy from the University of New Mexico. He resigned in July 1897 to take charge of the University of New Mexico's Normal Department, the forerunner of the University's Department of Education; where he served as head for 28 years. He was credited with influencing the establishment of a model school where students in the Normal Department could have experience in practice teaching. By 1903 his duties included the position of registrar for the University. He later became the Dean of the Faculty (or Academic Vice-President), a position he held for 20 years at the University. In 1904 he became one of the founding members of the social literary organization, the Ten Dons. After retiring in May 1925, he became the editor of the New Mexico School Review, the official organ of the New Mexico Educational Association, which Hodgin helped to organize in 1886, and served as the New Mexico Chair for the Rhodes Scholarship Trust. In 1927, the University conferred on him the Doctorate of Letters degree. He died in August 1934. Two years later, the first building on the University of New Mexico campus, Hodgin Hall, was named for him.


12 items (1 folder) : 11 photographic prints, 1 photomechanical reproduction

Language of Materials



The collection consists mainly of photographs of University of New Mexico buildings.

Physical Location

B2. Small Collections box 1. Filed by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Photographs were separated from the Charles Elkanah Hodgin 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 Charles Elkanah Hodgin Photograph Collection, 1890-1929
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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