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Tony Hillerman Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-501

Scope and Content

This collection contains formal and informal photographs of author Tony Hillerman and others, along with places, southwest landscapes, and events, from the late 1920s to approximately 2000. The majority of the photographs of Hillerman are anonymous, with the notable exception of Series 4, photographed by Barney Hillerman, and a few author portraits stamped with photographer or studio information. Many of the personal photographs have been published in biographies of Hillerman. Contact sheets present positive prints of most of the 35mm slides, transparencies, and negatives. Further, the slides and negatives are generally also represented as photographic prints.

The collection is arranged into 8 series.

Series 1 is the original accession, photographic material separated from the Papers.

Series 2 contains photographs of Hillerman in individual and group settings.

Series 3 contains places and landscapes.

Series 4 is a series of Hillerman Country landscapes.

Series 5 are 35mm slide positives and 3x4 negative and positive transparencies.

Series 6 includes oversize items. Series 7 are scans of photographic prints still held by the Hillerman family. Series 8 includes photographic prints received in two additions in 2021 and 2023 from Anne Hillerman.


  • 1928-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1950s-1995


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.


Tony Hillerman, writer and teacher, was born May 27, 1925 in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma. He grew up in this rural community, joined the army when the United Stated entered World War II, and served two years in Europe. He returned to Oklahoma and received a BA from the University of Oklahoma in 1946.

He worked as a newspaper reporter in Texas and Oklahoma, and in New Mexico from 1952 until 1962, when he came to the University of New Mexico as a graduate student in English. Hillerman received his MA in 1966 and became a professor of journalism, serving as department chair 1967-74. He retired from teaching in 1986.

Hillerman continued writing until his death, October 26, 2008, in Albuquerque, New Mexico of pulmonary failure.


706 items (4 boxes, 1 folder) : 367 photographic prints, 218 slides, 69 transparencies, 36 digital images, 11 negatives, 4 posters, 1 map

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Collection contains formal and informal photographs of author Tony Hillerman and others, along with places, southwest landscapes, from the late 1920s to approximately 2000.

Physical Location

B2. 4 boxes shelved by Pictorial Number; Oversized folder located in Pictorial large drawers

Related Material

Visit the Tony Hillerman Portal for digital content and other resources.

Anne Hllerman Papers Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries.

Separated Material

Photographs separated from the Tony Hillerman Papers.

Processing Information

Original material processed in 2016; additions received to date were processed in 2023 and include digital scans of family photographs received in 2019 and photographic prints received from Anne Hillerman, 10/2021 and 7/2023.
Finding Aid of the Tony Hillerman Photograph Collection, 1928-2000
Pictorial Collections Staff
© 2007, 2023
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Revision Statements

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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