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T. Lynn Smith Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-418

Scope and Content

The collection contains 138 photographs (mostly black & white) and three photo albums from T. Lynn Smith's work, travel, and sociological research in Latin America. The majority of photos were taken in Brazil and Colombia between 1940 and the early 1960s, focusing on rural and urban architecture and daily life. Some photos were taken by Arthur Ramos and Ken Spain, while others came from governmental agencies in Brazil and the United States. Aerial views, portraits, and scenery comprise a significant portion of the collection. Photo descriptions are in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


  • 1930-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1965

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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.


T. Lynn Smith, rural sociologist, was born November 11, 1903 in Sanford, Colorado. He received his B.A. in Sociology and History in 1928 from Brigham Young University. He received his M.A. in Sociology in 1929 and his Ph.D. in Sociology with a minor in agricultural economics in 1932, both from the University of Minnesota. He was a professor and head of the Sociology departments at Louisiana State University (1931-1947), Vanderbilt University (1947-1949), and University of Florida (1949-1974), where he eventually retired from. Almost all of his research was, in one aspect or another, tied to rural sociology and demography. Much of his earlier research focused on the United States and specifically the South, while he went on to do a great deal of research in Latin America, with a strong emphasis on Brazil and Colombia. His research involved extensive traveling, some funded by grants and fellowships, and at times on assignments for the U.S. Department of State as an agricultural advisor to various countries. While his research encompasses a majority of the Latin American countries, a great deal of the collection is focused on Brazil and Colombia. He published extensively in books and journals throughout his career, which can be found in Zimmerman Library.


140 items (1 box) : 2 albums with uncounted photographs, 138 photographs


This collection contains photos of the travel and research conducted by Thomas Lynn Smith, Professor of Rural Sociology, whose work encompassed sociology, rural, and urban studies in Latin America.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

The pictorial collection was separated from the T. Lynn Smith 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 T. Lynn Smith Photograph Collection, 1930-1970
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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