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Miguel Antonio Otero Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-021

Scope and Content

Collection includes photographs of Governor Miguel Antonio Otero, his family, and friends. There are many portraits of prominent New Mexicans, notably politicians, on card mounts, and autographed portraits of Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt and William McKinley. Events depict political parades and campaigns, including Pres. Theodore Roosevelt's inauguration. Among the buildings are: the Otero residence and the Gov.'s Mansion in Santa Fe (1939), the old State Capitol (1908), and postcards of UNM buildings by Laura Gilpin. A snapshot album contains pictures of the Otero family in New Mexico and in Panama, including game fishing. One group of pictures deals with the saga of Billy the Kid, and includes people and places relevant to his story. The two color negatives are of Billy's spurs and knife. Many regional photographic studios are represented; these and studios in other parts of the U.S. may be identified from the card mounts.


  • 1872 - 1939


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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.


Miguel Antonio Otero was born in St. Louis, Mo. in 1859. Otero's first job was working as a bookkeeper with the family firm, Otero, Sellar & Company. He entered politics in 1883 as City Treasurer of Las Vegas. In 1897 he was appointed Territorial Governor of New Mexico, remained so until 1906. He remained active in politics throughout his life. By 1920 he switched from the Republican to the Democratic Party. He also had a career as a writer. His stories about his experiences in territorial New Mexico were printed in national magazines and several of his books were published.

Miguel Otero died in 1944. To distinguish among three generations, Miguel Antonio Otero (1859-1944), may be referred to as Governor Otero; his father, Miguel Antonio Otero (1829-1882), may be referred to as Don Otero; and his son, Miguel Antonio Otero (1892-1977), may be called Judge Otero or Mike Otero.


511 plus items (3 boxes) : 486 photo prints, 1 album with uncounted photographs, 20 negatives, 2 color photo negatives, 2 large prints


Collection includes photographs of Governor Miguel Antonio Otero, his family, and friends.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number. Oversize box shelved in Big Box location by Pictorial Number. 2 prints filed in large drawers by Pictorial Number. Photo numbers 000-021-0483 and 000-021-0477 shelved in High Security by Pictorial Number.

Collection Available Online

Some images from the Miguel Antonio Otero Photograph Collection are available on New Mexico's Digital Collections.

Separated Material

Photographs were transferred from the Miguel Antonio Otero Papers.


Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
  7. Email:
  8. URL:
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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