Skip to main content

Joseph Foster Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-1052

Scope and Content

This small selection of visual material has been transferred from the corresponding Joseph Foster Collection. It is comprised primarly of photographs of people and a few scenic views believed to be from Foster's travels. Also included are four (4) postcards addressed to Foster. Named people include Joe and Marque (Joseph and Margaret Hale Foster), Owen and Mary, Malcolm Collier, Mariana, Dr. Goetzl, Mr. Curry, and a 1871 cabinet card with the names Virginia Swinburne and Harriet Hale. Locations include Algeria, Gibraltar, Trujillo, the Andes in Peru; and on postcards: Old Church, Rancho de Taos, the Western Hotel in El Paso, Walpi (Arizona) and Saigon. Except for postmarks from 1920 to 1937 on the postcards, items are undated.


  • 1871-1980s
  • Majority of material found within 1920s-1930s

Language of Materials


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.

Biographic Information

Joseph Foster was born 27 June 1898 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended University of Wisconsin (1915-19) and worked in the publishing field before moving to Taos, New Mexico, in 1921. In Taos he began as a salesman of hand-printed Christmas cards for Ralph Pearson and his wife Margaret Hale; Foster married Margaret Hale in 1928. Foster was well connected among the Taos and Santa Fe art colonies. Joseph Foster travelled extensively in Europe and published in literary magazines as well a many books under a number of non-de-plumes.


24 items (1 folder) : 4 postcards, 1 cabinet card, 19 photographic prints


Photographs and postcards of author Joseph Foster's family and travel, with additional unidentified subjects.

Physical Location

B2. Small Collections Box 11. Filed by Pictorial Number

Separated Material

Visual material has been transferred from Joseph Foster Collection, MSS 1052 BC
Finding Aid of the Joseph Foster Pictorial Collection, 1871 - 1980s
CSWR staff
© 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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