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Peter Nabokov Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-093

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs taken at the time of the "Courthouse Raid" in Tierra Amarilla, NM. Included are photographs of principals in these events, including land grant activist Reies Lopez Tijerina and other members of the Alianza Federal de Mercedes, as well as law enforcement, and National Forest Service employees.

A 2014 addition (folder 12) contains slides taken in 1977 of Reies Lopez Tijerina, Ubaldo Velasquez, Emilio Naranjo, Moises Morales, Pedro Archuleta, and Tony Anaya. In this folder the slides show some of the men revisiting old sites, such as where the secret meeting was held, a clinical, and a mural of Morty Simon and Tony Lopez.

A 2018 addition to the collection contains photographs and slides accumulated by Nabokov from the Hunt family and other sources, while researching his publications, Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo and How the world moves: the odyssey of an American Indian family (2015). The majority of the images focus on the Hunt family: Edward P. (Chief Day Break) Hunt, Clyde (Chief Sunny Skies) Hunt, Henry Wayne (Wolf Robe) Hunt, and Wilbert (Blue Sky Eagle) Hunt, and Acoma Pueblo. There are also 2 folders relating to Nabokov's earlier publication, Indian running (1981). The collection consists of original photographs, copy prints, post cards, slides, and photographic images on DVD.


  • 1879-2015


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Photographs may be copyrighted. For information, contact Peter Nabokov at the UCLA World Arts and Cultures department. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

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.


Peter Francis Nabokov was born on October 11, 1940, in Auburn, N.Y. He received his B.S. from Columbia University in 1965, and his M.S. from Goddard College in 1973. Nabokov worked on the Navajo, Sioux, and Crow reservations in 1962. He was a reporter for the Santa Fe New Mexican from 1967-1968. Nabokov has held many teaching positions, including instructor in American Indian Studies at Peninsula College, Monterey, Ca. in the 1970s, instructor at University of California, Berkeley from 1979-1982 and 1984-1985, co-instructor at the Native American Educational Services College, Chicago in 1987, lecturer at University of California, Santa Cruz, 1987-88. Other lecturer positions include the Center for the Study of Indian History, Haskell Indian Junior College, University of California, Santa Barbara, College of the Virgin Islands, Colorado College, University of North Dakota, University of Montana, and University of Colorado. Nabokov has received numerous awards and honors, as well as research fellowships.


uncounted items (3 boxes) : uncounted photographs

Language of Materials



The collection consists of photographs taken at the time of the "Courthouse Raid" incident in Tierra Amarilla, NM. As well as photographs taken in 1977 of Reies Lopez Tijerina, Ubaldo Velasquez, Emilio Naranjo, Moises Morales, Pedro Archuleta, and Tony Anaya. A 2018 addition contains photographs and slides primarily related to the Hunt family and Acoma Pueblo.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Related Archival Material

Reies Tijerina Photograph Collection, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries.

Separated Material

Photographs separated from the Peter Nabokov Papers.
Finding Aid of the Peter Nabokov Photograph Collection, 1879-2015
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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