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Thomas M. Pearce Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-255

Scope and Content

Collection consists mostly of photos relating to T. M. Pearce, his family, colleagues, and friends, including Mary Austin, Alice Corbin Henderson and Witter Bynner. The collection also includes photos related to the folklore and history of New Mexico. There are photographic copies of Spanish manuscripts and paintings of various Dukes of Albuquerque, maps, and fragments of murals at the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque consisting of narratives from the Coronado expedition (murals removed in 1920). Event-related photos include a snapshot (ca.1930-35) of a truck representing the Museum of New Mexico/School of American Research in a parade passing in front of the Palace of Governors. Others show Santa Fe Fiesta, a Shalako ceremony at Zuni Pueblo in 1934, and the First American Pageant in Albuquerque (1931-1933, including Apache Devil Dancers). There are photos of the Fred Harvey Indian Dept. building, wood carvings and Kachinas, and an Indian Detours tour car near Taos. Architectural subjects include churches (various pueblos, St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe and St. Francis of Assisi in Ranchos de Taos, and Mary Austin's "Casa Querida." Slides depict ruins, landscapes, shrine at D. H. Lawrence Ranch, Enchanted Mesa, St. Francisco de Assisi church, and the Santuario de Chimayo, as well as Kit Carson and Charlie Bowdre's gravestones. Some of the photographs were taken by Ernest Knee in Santa Fe and the Kolb Brothers Studio in Arizona.


  • 1905-1985


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.


Thomas Matthews Pearce was a Professor of English at the University of New Mexico for over 35 years and the author of numerous books and articles on the English language and folklore. He was born in Covington, Kentucky, 1902, died Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1986.


756 items (4 boxes) : 682 photographic prints, 57 slides, 17 postcards

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Collection consists mostly of photos of T. M. Pearce, his family, colleagues, and friends and of subjects related to the folklore and history of New Mexico.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Pictorial material separated from the Thomas M. Pearce Papers.
Finding Aid of the Thomas M. Pearce Pictorial Collection, 1905-1985
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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