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Charles Wright Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-466

Scope and Content

This collection contains sepia-toned photographic prints of Native American people and culture. Collection includes photos by well known photographers of the Southwest including: Jack T. Cassidy, Charles Dwight, Fred Harvey, Carl Moon (Karl E. Moon), Robert C. Price, and W. R. Walton. Photos depict people and aspects of culture; religion, kivas, dance, family, and village life. Photos also depict aspects of industry; weaving, pottery, dress, jewelry, and homes. Subjects in photos range in age from infant to elderly. Locale of photos is mainly New Mexico pueblos, in particular, Santo Domingo and also Hopi villages in Arizona. There is also a single photograph of Wright's Trading Post in Albuquerque taken ca. 1915.


  • 1904-1915


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.


Charles A. Wright was born September 7, 1878 in Kansas. He came to Albuquerque, New Mexico around 1902 and managed the Fred Harvey curio shops in the Alvarado Hotel. In 1907 he opened his own curio shop at 301 West Gold. In the 1920s, after a few moves around downtown, Wright designed and built the pueblo-style Wright's Trading Post at 324 West Gold. The impressive structure was a downtown landmark until it was demolished in the 1960s. He died, in Albuquerque, in 1937.


20 items (2 boxes) : 20 photographic prints

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This collection contains sepia-toned photographic prints of Native American people and culture.


Arranged alphabetically by photographer.

Physical Location

B2. Boxes shelved in Big Box location by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Photographs were separated from the Charles Wright Diaries.


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 Charles Wright Photograph Collection, 1904-1915
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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