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Cary Blair Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-542

Scope and Content

Collection consists of photographs (8 x 10 in. or smaller) of Cary Blair and others associated with the Heights Community Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Photos include portraits, facilities, and sports and social events, and classes in dance, art, photography, sewing, and woodworking. There are images of the interior and exterior of the center, and of the sports fields. One folder has scenes of the construction of the center, which was carried out by volunteer and National Youth Administration labor and used leftover materials from WPA and other building projects.

Of special interest are photographs taken at dance parties held for military personnel during World War II. There is also a folder of photographs showing methods and products of southwestern-style furniture making classes.


  • 1936-1955

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication allowed for research purposes in most cases. Some items may be copyrighted. See back of prints for information. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


Cary Blair was a civic organizer, born 1896 in Alabama. Blair was raised in Kansas and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1923. In 1936, Blair initiated the development of the Heights Community Center in southeast Albuquerque.


35 items (1 box) : 35 photographic prints

Language of Materials



Collection consists of photographs of Cary Blair and others associated with the Heights Community Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

Photographs separated from the Carey Blair Papers.
Finding Aid of the Cary Blair Photograph Collection, 1936-1955
Pictorial Collections Staff
© 2007
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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