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Wayne Lambert Papers

Identifier: MSS-991-BC

Scope and Content

Series 1: Original Accession

Series 1 documents Wayne Lambert’s professional career as a geologist, documentary photographer, and educator. Research reports and publications, grant projects, bureaucratic paperwork, and correspondence comprise the bulk of the collection.

Lambert’s geology work in New Mexico the Southwestern United States, and Mexico and his teaching and research at West Texas State University/West Texas A&M dominate the collection. This includes publication of “Repeat Photography Newsletter" as well as work with the USGS and other entities.

Series 2: 2020 Addition

The second series in this collection is an addition processed in 2020 that was separated from the Wayne Lambert Pictorial Collection 2020 addition. This material accompanies his fine art and geological photography. The majority of information on individual photos, photo locations, and image processing methods was kept with the pictorial collection. Other information that Lambert added, such as photography and geological course materials from his time as a professor, other collections that contain his photography, information on galleries he owned over the years, and publication information are included in this manuscript collection.

Lambert originally organized the majority of these papers into subseries, which are maintained in organization of the collection and shown in bold. The course materials were originally in binders and their order has been maintained in folders.


  • 1870-2015
  • Majority of material found within 1965-2015


Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biography / History

Paul Wayne Lambert was born on October 27, 1937 in Fort Worth, TX. He received his B.A. from Texas Tech University (1959) and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology from the University of New Mexico (1961, 1968). Lambert became interested in photography in junior high school. He worked part-time at a commercial photography studio and as a photographer for a daily newspaper while in high school. In college, he first majored in photojournalism and then changed to geology/geography.

Lambert’s employment included work as a part-time geologist with the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Mexico City. He also was a geologist with the USGS, 1974-1981, where he was able to use his skills in documentary landscape photography (Santa Fe, Denver, Albuquerque). Lambert was a faculty member in Geology and Photography at West Texas A&M University (Canyon, TX), 1981-1996. Lambert devoted the last 15 years of his life to photography. He was a studio artist and has owned galleries in Colorado Springs and Santa Fe. Lambert passed away in January 2016.


6 boxes (6 cu. ft.)


The collection documents Wayne Lambert’s professional career as a geologist, documentary photographer, and educator.

Collection Available Online

Images from the Wayne Lambert Photograph Collection are available online via New Mexico's Digital Collections.

Related Archival Material

Wayne Lambert Pictorial Collection. Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Wayne Lambert Papers, 1953-2002
B. Silbergleit
© 2018
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Finding aid is in English

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