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Albert Bacon Fall Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-131

Scope and Content

The collection consists of portraits (8 x 10 in. or smaller) of Albert B. Fall: two reproductions of a cabinet card portrait of Fall (approximately thirty-five years of age) taken by T. J. Curran Studio of Santa Fe, one print of Fall (approximately sixty-five to seventy years of age) and two unidentified men at a mining site.


  • 1890-1929


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.


Albert B. Fall arrived in New Mexico in 1883, and began prospecting in Kingston. He moved to Las Cruces to practice law and became active in Democratic Party politics. In 1902, he switched his affiliation to the Republican party and continued his climb through various elective and appointed offices. In 1921, Fall was appointed Secretary of the Interior. While in this position Fall was instrumental in transferring the Navy oil reserves at Teapot Dome, Wyo. and Elk Hills, Calif. from the Navy Department to the Interior Department. In secrecy and without competitive bidding, Fall then leased Teapot Dome to Sinclair's Mammoth Oil Company, and the Elk Hills oil reserve to his friend Doheny's Pan American Company. After Fall resigned in 1923 there was a congressional investigation. Fall was convicted of accepting a bribe.


3 items (1 folder) : 3 photographic prints ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller

Language of Materials



Portraits of Albert B. Fall.

Physical Location

B2. Small Collections box 2. Filed by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Photographs separated from the Albert B. Fall 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 Bacon Fall Photograph Collection, 1890-1929
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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