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Albert Thompson Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-079

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographic memorabilia of the Old West, primarily concerning outlaws and cowboys. Many photos concern the exploits of Black Jack Ketchum and his gang and include photos of his execution by hanging. Others show cowboys working longhorn cattle on the range at the Cross-L Ranch in Union County and the Prairie Cattle Co. and life in their camps. There is a cityscape of Clayton, NM, showing the main street with wagons and buildings (1891) and an office interior. There are photos of Maxwell Ranch and grist mill, Clifton House stage station, the jail, courthouse, and the interior of the St. James Bar in Clayton, NM. There are also pictures of Mexican wolves caught in traps and one diagram of the Lake Cattle Co. brand. Album 1 contains mostly duplicates of prints in Folder 2. Albums 2-5 contain photoprints of rural houses, farmsteads, and schools. Prints are 8 x 10 inches or smaller.


  • 1870-1929


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. Thompson, pioneer Clayton businessman, publisher, civic leader, and historian, was born in Belfast, Maine on May 17, 1864. After living in Colorado he moved to New Mexico. Thompson entered the sheep and real estate businesses in Clayton, N.M. in 1889. Also in 1889, Thompson purchased the Clayton Enterprise, which he operated for two years. In 1905 he relocated to Denver, Colo., but maintained Clayton business interests, and continued to contribute historical columns to local newspapers, as well as writing for Colorado Magazine, and Cattleman. Thompson died on May 10, 1951.


53 plus items (2 boxes) : 48 photographic prints, 5 albums with uncounted photographs ; prints: 8 x 10 in. and smaller

Language of Materials



Collection consists of photographic memorabilia of the Old West, primarily concerning outlaws and cowboys.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Photographs separated from the Albert W. Thompson 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 Albert Thompson Photograph Collection, 1870-1929
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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