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United States Soil Conservation Service Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-289

Scope and Content

Loose prints in the collection deal with soil conservation and education in the Southwest from 1935 to 1940. Most depict classroom and outdooor projects undertaken by schoolchildren and communties. Farmers from the Estancia Valley are shown gathered around a table reading a document (folder 13). An album contains photos of the Tijeras Canyon - Moriarty area, including predominately Hispanic-American villages, summer residential and resort cabins, and farms. Includes a photograph of Selva's Dance Hall. Photographs accompanied a report prepared for the Rural Electrification Administration, Section of Human Surveys, Soil Conservation Service, Region 8. A hand-drawn map of the area is on the cover.


  • 1935-1940

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.


The Soil Conservation Service was first know as the Soil Erosion Service under the Secretary of Interior by an allotment made August 24, 1933. By the authority of the Soil Conservation Act of 1935 the Service was established under the Department of Agriculture. In 1994 the Service was abolished and its functions assumed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Soil Conservation Service had the responsibility for developing and carrying out a national soil and water conservation program in cooperation with landowners, land operators, and other land users and developers, with community planning agencies, regional resource groups, and with other federal, state, and local government agencies. The Soil Conservation Service provided technical assistance to locally organized and operated conservation districts and consulting assistance to individuals and groups. The Soil Conservation Service was also responsible for flood prevention and watershed operations in cooperation with local, state, and other public agencies.


381 items (2 boxes) : 375 photoprints, 5 contact sheets, 1 album with uncounted photographs

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Photographs about soil conservation and education in the Southwest from 1935 to 1940.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Related Archival Material

Nambe Community School Teachers' Diaries, Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material


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 United States Soil Conservation Service Photograph Collection, 1935-1940
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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