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Glenn Leonidas Emmons Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-308

Scope and Content

This collection consist mainly of photographs documenting Glen Emmons's tenure as Bureau of Indian Affairs Commissioner. These are, for the most part, photographs of Emmons visiting various American Indian groups including Papago, Navajo, Eskimo, and Seminole. This collection also contains photographs of Dwight D. Eisenhower campaigning before various Indian groups.


  • 1914-1961

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.


Glenn L. Emmons was born in 1895 and moved to Albuquerque with his family in 1905. He began his career in the banking business in Gallup, New Mexico in 1919. From 1935 to 1964, he was president and chairman of the board of the First State Bank of Gallup. It was through his involvement in banking that he began to know his American Indian neighbors, becoming involved with the financial aspects of their business and personal problems. Emmons was appointed Commissioner of Indian Affairs in 1953. He identified poor health conditions, poor education, and poor economic development as the three major problems facing American Indians across the nation. Emmons did not support forced relocation; he advocated reclamation of American Indian lands, encouraging development of industry, including oil, uranium, and coal leasing. He retired from this post in 1961. Glenn L. Emmons died on March 14, 1980.


uncounted items (6 boxes) : uncounted photographs, 5 albums

Language of Materials



This collection consist mainly of photographs documenting Glen Emmons's tenure as Bureau of Indian Affairs Commissioner.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Pictorial material separated from the Glenn Leonidas Emmons 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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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