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Clyde Tingley and Carrie Tingley Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-1072

Scope and Content

Photographs in this collection focus on Clyde Tingley's personal and professional life during his tenure as Governor of New Mexico as well as City Commissioner of Albuquerque, NM. There are photographs of Clyde and Carrie Tingley individually, as well as photographs of them with others at various events. Hunting and fishing activities, events such as building Albuquerque's airport and Conchas Dam, and time spent at Vermejo Ranch and Phillips Ranch are documented.


  • 18??-1953
  • Majority of material found within 1933-1953


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. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.

Biographical Information

Clyde Tingley was born in London, Ohio, on January 5, 1882. He was educated in the public schools.

Clyde and Carrie Wooster met in Bowling Green, Ohio, while he was working as a machinist for a car company. Carrie, who was from a “prominent wealthy family,” had contracted TB, and her doctor advised her to head for the Southwest. She did so, accompanied by her mother and Clyde. Carrie suffered an acute attack on the way to Arizona, and wound up in a clinic in Albuquerque. They liked Albuquerque, and decided to stay. Clyde and Carrie were married the following year, 1911.

In Albuquerque, Clyde became interested in politics while Carrie recuperated. Clyde was elected to the City Commission in 1922. He served continuously until his resignation on January 14, 1935, to begin his term as Governor. He served ten years as chairman of the City Commission and in his capacity as chairman was the unofficial mayor of Albuquerque. After completing his tenure as Governor, Tingley was reelected to his position on the City Commission (October 11, 1939), where he served another 13 years (1940-1953). Tingley’s accomplishments in Albuquerque include building parks, roads, a zoo and a baseball field; he paved streets, installed streetlights, started a bus system, and brought a beach to the desert.

Clyde Tingley served two terms as New Mexico’s 11th governor starting in 1935. Tingley, along with Senator Dennis Chavez, reorganized Democratic state politics. Clyde was one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s greatest supporters and friends. New Mexico benefitted from this relationship, ranking fifth in New Deal fund allocations. Governor Tingley brought a long list of improvements to New Mexico, from health care to tourism, the oil industry, water conservation, law enforcement and statewide infrastructure. He built or renovated 700 schools, mostly in rural areas. Perhaps his most enduring accomplishment as governor was building the Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital at Hot Springs (now Truth or Consequences), built with New Deal backing.

Clyde Tingley passed away on December 24, 1960. Carrie Tingley died in Albuquerque on November 6, 1961. Both are buried in Albuquerque, NM.


139 items (2 boxes) : 139 photographs

Language of Materials



The collection primarily consists of photographs of Clyde Tingley by himself and with others. Photographs document Tingley's personal life and professional role as Governor of New Mexico and Albuquerque City Commissioner. There are also photographs of Carrie Tingley.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number

Related Archival Material

Governor Clyde K. Tingley Papers. New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.

Separated Material

Photographs are separated from Clyde Tingley and Carrie Tingley Papers.
Finding Aid of the Clyde Tingley and Carrie Tingley Photograph Collection, 18??-1953
B. Silbergleit
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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