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Robert R. White Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-813

Scope and Content

Photographs and slides in this collection relate to Robert White’s research and writings about early Taos artists and artists of Territorial New Mexico. E. I. Couse, Martin Hennings, and Bert Geer Phillips are focuses of the collection.

Personal/family photos are included, as well as photos of New Mexico events and people such as Concha Ortiz y Pino de Kleven and C. V. Theis. White’s career and involvement in NM geology is documented, as is his time in Saigon (1966).

The collection includes 143 glass plates, with corresponding digital scans. Some are from Martin Hennings' estate. This material is unidentified and depicts people in formal and informal poses, in interior and exterior locations including waterside, camping, and painting studios. There are also a few photographic plates reproducing paintings.


  • 1907-2009

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Access to glass plate images is restricted for preservation purposes; researchers are requested to review corresponding digital scans.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. Duplication of recordings permitted only with written permission from artist, performer, interviewer and interviewee, tribal authority, or current holder of intellectual property rights. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


A native Texan, Robert R. White received his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 1993. His dissertation, "Artists of Territorial New Mexico, 1846-1912," documents territorial New Mexico-based artists and their contributions to the national arts community. An accomplished scholar, White published in many journals and magazines as well as having written several books on artists of New Mexico.

Robert White was afflicted with severe and prolonged tinnitus beginning in November 2000, and some years later, he developed Parkinson’s disease. Along with dementia, the disease’s symptoms effectively ended his ability to research and write. Complications from Parkinson’s eventually took Robert’s life. He passed away in 2014.


730 items (8 boxes) : 730 photographic prints, slides, negatives and glass plate

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The collection consists primarily of photographs and slides related to Robert White’s research on early Taos artists and artists of Territorial New Mexico.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by pictorial number.

Related Archival Material

Robert R. White Papers Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.

Separated Material

Separated from Robert R. White Papers.
Finding Aid of the Robert R. White Pictorial Collection, 1907-2009
B. Silbergleit
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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