Scope and Content
The collection consists of photographs, postcards, photomechanical prints, and a scrapbook, ranging in date from circa 1890 to circa 1970s. The bulk of the collection is related to France V. Scholes, his family, and his time in Mexico. The first part of the collection includes photographs of France V. Scholes, his family, and his friends. The second part of the collection is almost entirely related to Mexico, including photos from the Scholes' 1927 trip to Mexico; photomechanical prints from a 1910 travel booklet on Mexico; 1964 photos of a model of the buildings of Tenochtitlan; unidentified scenes; and postcards of Mexico. The scrapbook includes photos of the Scholes' 1927 trip to Mexico, photomechanical prints of Mexican images, postcards, some by Hugo Brehme, and ephemera; along with brief written accounts by Lillith Scholes and a newspaper article written by F. V. Scholes
The collection is open for research.
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.
France Vinton Scholes was born in Bradford, Illinois, in 1897. He received his degrees from Harvard University. A tuberculosis patient, he came to Albuquerque in 1924. Regaining his health, he taught history at UNM off and on from 1924-1945, and regularly from 1946-1970. In between he received funding to search for colonial documents in the archives of Spain and Mexico, finding many for the history of New Mexico. In addition, he worked for the Library of Congress copying documents in the archives of Mexico. He also headed the Carnegie Post-Columbian History Section and searched for Yucatan and Maya documents in the archives of Spain, Mexico, and Yucatan. The results of these archival searches are evident in his writings and in this collection. In 1946, he was a UNM professor of History, Dean of the Graduate School, and the first Academic Vice President. In 1956, he asked to be relieved of administrative duties but continued to teach until retiring in 1970. He continued studying Mexico and Cortes in the archives and was a Visiting Professor of History at Tulane University until his death in 1979. A devoted scholar and teacher, he discovered many key documents in the archives, published countless historical pieces, and inspired two generations of new scholars in all three areas of his interest
88 plus items (2 boxes) : 59 photographic prints, 21 photo-mechanical prints, 1 scrapbook, 7 postcards
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