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Fred Harvey Company Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-994-040

Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographs made from negatives belonging to the Fred Harvey Company and one album entitled "The Grand Canyon of Arizona" containing 15 color photomechanical prints. Photographs include a portrait of Fred Harvey, founder of the Harvey House restaurants which served the Santa Fe Railroad system; grandson Byron Harvey, who carried on the business; reproduction of a drawing showing the original Harvey House establishment in Topeka, Kansas (opened 1876); four photos of the railroad station building complex in Albuquerque, N.M., including a bird's-eye view of the railroad tracks and Alvarado Hotel, the Fred Harvey Indian Building with Indians in front, tourists buying Indian crafts outside building (circa 1910), two interiors of the Fred Harvey Indian Building showing artifacts on display and Indian crafts for sale. Explanatory text written by the Fred Harvey Public Relations Dept. is attached to the back of each photograph. Some photographs are by Barnes and Caplin Studio of Albuquerque. All photos bear Fred Harvey Company negative numbers. A 2022 addition includes 6 postcards of Grand Canyon views with the Fred Harvey Company stamp, with a postcard envelop and printed Fred Harvey shop bag.


  • circa 1878-1939

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes in most cases. Photographs may be copyrighted. See back of individual prints and inside front cover of album for information. No institutional restrictions placed on use of collection. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


The partnership between English immigrant, Frederick Henry Harvey and the Santa Fe Railway began in 1876, when Harvey leased and refurbished the first "Harvey House" restaurant/hotel in Topeka, Kansas. This partnership forever changed the nature of tourism in the American Southwest, offering travelers a "swift, safe, comfortable journey west-with a touch of adventure. They used sophisticated marketing techniques to advertise the exotic and romantic Southwest, and thousands of travelers embarked on their journeys there with these images in mind. The excursions were lucrative for the Santa Fe Railway and the Fred Harvey Company, and educational and exciting for the tourists..." A new market for Native arts and crafts emerged. The Santa Fe Railroad, the Fred Harvey Company, travelers, and the indigenous communities of the region all were integral elements in a partnership that spanned more than 75 years.

Source: Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art, Heard Museum, 1996.


uncounted items (1 box) : uncounted photographs, 6 postcards, 1 album

Language of Materials



The collection consists of photographs made from negatives belonging to the Fred Harvey Company, one album entitled "The Grand Canyon of Arizona" containing 15 color photomechanical prints, and postcards with printed paper wrappers.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Related Archival Material

Jere L. Krakow Fred Harvey Company Research Collection Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries.

Processing Information

This collection was assembled by the Center for Southwest Research. Materials may be added periodically.
Finding Aid of the Fred Harvey Company Photograph Collection, circa 1878-1939
Processed by Pictorial Collections Staff
©2006, 2022
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Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

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