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Cobb Memorial Photography Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-119

Scope and Content

The Cobb Memorial Collection consists of photographic prints made by The Cobb Studio.

Most of the images in this collection were made in New Mexico, primarily in and around Albuquerque.

The glass plate negatives are mostly portraits of Isleta men, women, and children. As well as a few landscapes, including a Moqui (Hopi) camp.

In many ways, the collection is a broad, visual documentary on the life and growth of the city of Albuquerque.


  • 1880-1942


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Access Restrictions

Researchers must use the microfiche edition or the digital images of the photographs.

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.


The Cobbs Studio operated in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1885 to 1942. The studio was established by William Henry Cobb, who settled in Albuquerque in 1885 and purchased the photographic studio of W. Cal Brown. In 1891, Cobb married Eddie Ross, daughter of Territorial Governor Edmund G. Ross. A graduate in business administration at the University of Kansas, Eddie Ross Cobb had served as secretary to her father during his term in office as Governor of New Mexico. Besides managing the studio's business, she was also a photographer. After William Henry Cobb's death in 1909, Mrs. Cobb and a daughter, Daphne, continued to operate the studio until 1942.


860 items (14 boxes) : 837 prints, 23 glass plate negatives


The Cobb Memorial Photography Collection is consists of photographic prints made, for the most part, by The Cobbs Studio of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number. Oversize Box shelved in Big Box location by Pictorial Number.

Collection Available Online

The entire Cobb Memorial Collection is available in digital format from New Mexico's Digital Collections.

Related Material

Center for Regional Studies and the Center for Southwest Research Fellows presentation by Kari Schleher.

Albuquerque Photograph Collection. Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico

Processing Information

Dates were attributed based on those given on the photos, in the photographer's logs, City Directories, and by comparison with other dated photographs. Another resource, especially helpful were the indexes of information on Albuquerque families compiled by Donald Dreesen. These provided identification, professions, and names for many portraits that would have otherwise remained anonymous.

The indexed guide was compiled using an in-house program, Images, created using dBase III+. Images was designed by Stella de Sa Rego and Richard Spector. The program was greatly enhanced by Ivan Boyd of the University of New Mexico's Computer and Information Resources and Technology Center, whose help was essential to the completion of this project.

This project was carried out under the direction of Stella de Sa Rego in 1989 and 1990 with the support of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

The entire collection was eventually digitized and is now available online.

The photographs in Box 11 folder 5 were a later addition.

The glass plates were a 2011 addition to the collection.
Finding Aid of the Cobb Memorial Photography Collection, 1880-1942
Stella de Sa Rego
©2006, 2011
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Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

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