Long Canyon Ranch Pictorial Collection
Scope and Content
The Long Canyon Ranch Pictorial Collection is comprised of 658 total items including 494 photographs, 111 album pages, 21 postcards (double-sided), five service notes with envelopes, and one envelope relative to the Herlihy family in New Mexico. Image sizes range from 2 x 2 in. to 8.5 x 10.5 in.
The majority of the photographs are of the Herlihy family including Jenny and her five sons ("Dick," "Ted," Lester, Herbert, and George). The photographs and albums mostly consist of black and white prints (many using sulfide toner per the resulting sepia brown coloring popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries). Additional photographs taken in the late 20th century (1985) are of areas in and around Taiban, New Mexico. The postcards include areas of New Mexico, travel destinations and locations of employment across the USA, as well as messages from active military.
- Majority of material found within 1910-1929
Language of Materials
Homesteading in New Mexico was difficult per the arid climate with limited water supply, but these challenges did not deter the Herlihy family. They moved to New Mexico in 1910 and settled on the Horseshoe Ranch property. It became known as the Long Canyon Ranch following the Herlihy family's incorporation by the State of New Mexico of the Long Canyon Cattle Company in 1919. By 1921, Long Canyon Ranch was approximately 40,000 acres.
Frank George Herlihy was born in New York City, New York, on December 4, 1898, and died in Los Angeles, California, on October 25, 1989. He was the youngest of seven children born to Theodore Ernest Herlihy and Jenny Martha (Schultz) Herlihy. After the passing of his father in 1901, and with the exception of his eldest brother "Dick" who stayed in NYC, George and his family made the long trek via steamships, trains, and wagon to New Mexico to create a new life as ranchers. George stayed in New Mexico for much of his formative years before moving to Tucson, Arizona, where he received a Bachelor of Law degree with honors and distinction on June 26, 1926. He later received his JD (Juris Doctor) to become “Dr. Herlihy.” After passing the bar exam in California on March 18, 1927, George and his brother, Herbert, formed the firm Herlihy and Herlihy, Inc., Attorneys at Law in Los Angeles, California. Exactly 60 years later, on March 18, 1987, George retired, leaving the firm to the next generation of Herlihys. George prepared his memoir to tell the tales of his life experiences focused at Long Canyon Ranch.
663 items (1 box) : 494 photographs, 111 album pages, 21 postcards, 6 notes/envelopes ; sizes range from 2 x 2 in. to 8.5 x 10.5 in.
Collection Available Online
Manuscript, memorabilia, and other documents are found in Collections (MSS 989 BC).
Negatives (1900-1920s) associated with prints are stored elsewhere.
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- Cattle trade--New Mexico--Pictorial works
- De Baca County (N.M.) -- History -- Pictorial works
- Fort Sumner (N.M.) -- History -- Pictorial works
- Homestead law--Pictorial works
- New Mexico -- History -- 19th century -- Pictorial works
- New Mexico -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
- Photographs -- Pictorial works
- Postcards -- Pictorial works
- Railroads--New Mexico--Pictorial works
- Ranch life -- New Mexico -- Pictorial works
- Ranchers--New Mexico--Pictorial works
- Ranches--New Mexico--Pictorial works
- Roosevelt County (N.M.)--History--Pictorial works
- Taiban (N.M.)--Pictorial works
- World War, 1914-1918-Pictorial works
- Finding Aid of the Long Canyon Ranch Pictorial Collection, 1860-1989
- Laurie GJ Firor
- © 2018, 2019
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