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Peggy Pond Church Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-231

Scope and Content

Collection consists of Peggy Pond Church's collection of photographs related to Edith Warner, (box 1) plus an addition to the collection related to Church herself (box 2). The first four folders include images of Warner, John Boyd and family, Atilano Montoya, and various officials of San Ildefonso Pueblo. There is a portrait of Maria Martinez by Laura Gilpin and numerous photos of Edith Warner's homes (interiors and exteriors), built and furnished in the Southwestern Pueblo Revival style. A captioned album (unbound), entitled "My book of adventuring in New Mexico ... ," dates from 1922. It includes snaphots of Warner taken at the Boyd Ranch and landscapes of Frijoles Canyon. Other landscapes show Otowi Bridge and Camel Rock. Folder five contains portraits of Peggy Pond Church taken over a period from approximately 1940 to 1984. Others persons shown include her family and a friend, Sophia Lyn Fahs. There is a picture of the Francis W. Parker school in San Diego a walnut tree referred to in one of Ms. Church's literary works. There are two reproductions of paintings by Cady Wells. Folder six is an addition containing photos of Church on horseback and with friends c. 1914 and 1976 near Crested Butte. Another shows her with Governor Toney Anaya and others with family. Folder seven labeled Victoria St., Santa Fe shows family and a house. Other folders in box 2 show a 50th anniversary party, birthday and book signing event, and dogs. Photographs were taken by Fermor S. Church, Ernest Knee, Harold Kellog and the Harvey's Photo & Radio Shop in Kansas City, Missouri.


  • 1914-1984

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.


Peggy Pond Church, poet and writer, was born December 1, 1903 in Watrous, New Mexico. She grew up in a rural community and attended the only grade school on the Pajarito Plateau, The Los Alamos Ranch School, founded by her father Ashley Pond.

She wrote the book, The House at Otowi Bridge, a biographical account of Edith Warner, whose tea room by the Rio Grande was a favorite gathering spot for the atomic scientist during World War II. She also was the author of eight collections of poems, including the latest in 1985, Birds of Daybreak. Church received the Governor's Award, New Mexico's highest artistic honor, in 1984. A biography of Mary Austin written by Peggy Pond Church titled Wind's Trail was published posthumously and edited by Shelley Armitage. Peggy Pond Church, who was a member of the Hemlock Society, died in 1987 at the age of eighty-three.


252 items (2 boxes) : 250 photoprints; 1 pencil drawing; 1 postcard

Language of Materials



Collection consists of Peggy Pond Church's photographs related to Edith Warner (box 1), plus an addition to the collection related to Church herself (box 2).

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Alternate Format Available

Three photos from the Peggy Pond Church Pictorial Collection are available online via New Mexico Digital Collections.

Separated Material

Material separated from Peggy Pond Church 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 Peggy Pond Church Pictorial Collection, 1914-1984
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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