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Richard C. Dillon Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-090

Scope and Content

The collection contains portraits of Richard C. Dillon, Governor of New Mexico from 1927 to 1931; 4 photos of a political rally that includes president Calvin Coolidge; an identified group in front of I.W.W. Union Local 220 in 1927; a woman in costume as "Foshay Tower;" Carlsbad High School (before and after 1929); a commercially made photo of Carlsbad Caverns; and ten snapshots mounted on album pages, related to the benefits of terracing as an agricultural practice for northern and eastern New Mexico's cotton, alfalfa, and fruit crops.


  • 1927-1940


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of materials allowed for research purposes in most cases. Some material copyrighted in 1957. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


Richard Charles Dillon, merchant and politician, was born on June 24, 1877 in St. Louis, Missouri. He lived in New Mexico during his youth, later moving to Kansas. He returned to New Mexico and began a retail career in 1898 working in Springer, Las Vegas, and Encino. Dillon was first elected to public office in 1924 as Republican state senator from Torrance County. He was elected Governor in 1926, and, upon re-election in 1928, became the first two term governor in the history of the State of New Mexico. His administration was characterized by business-like management and the development of New Mexico's infrastructure, particularly through the construction and black-topping of roads. A Dillon election slogan summarizes the themes of his administration: "Education, Good Roads, and Advertizing the State's Resources." Dillon ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 1934, but was defeated; at this time, Dillon returned to his ranch and business operations at Encino. Dillon died on January 5, 1966, in Encino, N.M


32 items (1 folder) : 32 photographic prints ; 21 x 36 cm. or smaller

Language of Materials



The collection contains portraits of Richard C. Dillon, Governor of New Mexico from 1927 to 1931, and other photographs of New Mexico.

Physical Location

Small Collections box 2

Separated Material

Photographs separated from the Richard Charles Dillon 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 C. Dillon Photograph Collection, 1927-1940
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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