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Mildred Tolbert Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-479

Scope and Content

Collection consists of photos of the family and friends of Mildred Tolbert and Judson Crews. Among these are many well-known artists, photographers, writers, and actors who worked in New Mexico. They include Agnes Martin, Louise Bourgeois, John Collier, Jr., Bernice Kolko, Dorothy Brett, Frank Waters and Robert Creeley. The collection also contains photos of friends from the military service, New York City scenes, Zambia, African landscapes, and the work of Taos artists. Most photographs were taken between 1940 and 1969.


  • 1912-1980
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1969


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.


Mildred Tolbert was born in 1919 and brought up near Pampa, Texas. In 1947, after marriage to Judson Crews she began to show interest in photography and writing. Over the years she was exposed to artistic and literary influences of Judson Crews, Wendell Anderson, and Robert Creeley. Since the 1970s she has devoted much of her time to writing. Traveling in Europe and Africa influenced her creative style as did living in Taos in the early 1950s. Residing in Taos acquainted her with many artists such as Dorothy Brett, Andrew Dasburg, and Mabel Dodge Luhan.


495 items (2 boxes) : 495 photographic prints

Language of Materials



Collection consists of photos of the family and friends of Mildred Tolbert and Judson Crews.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number. 1 print located in High Security.

Separated Material

Photographs separated from Mildred Tolbert Papers.
Finding Aid of the Mildred Tolbert Photograph Collection, 1912-1980
Pictorial Collections Staff
© 2007
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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