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Stephen Strom Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-2012-009

Scope and Content

This collection consists of prints and their matching digital files created by Stephen Strom. Images were taken from 1979 - 2010. Photographic subjects include various cities and communities in New Mexico (Abiquiu, Bisti, Capulin, Deming, Farmington, Hillsboro, Magdalena, Mesilla, Mogollon, Peñasco, Pie Town, Shiprock, Taos, Tierra Amarilla, and White Sands) and Arizona (Canyon de Chelly). Images include landscapes and building exteriors. This collection maintains Strom’s original order. Digital files on two CDs can be found in the back of box 1.


  • 1979-2010

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.


Stephen Strom spent his professional career as an astronomer. Born in 1942 in New York City, he graduated from Harvard College in 1962. In 1964 he received his Masters and Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University. From 1964-68 he held appointments as Lecturer in Astronomy at Harvard and Astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. He then moved to the State University of New York at Stony Brook and served for 4 years as Coordinator of Astronomy and Astrophysics. In 1972 he accepted an appointment at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, AZ, where he served as Chair of the Galactic and Extragalactic program. The following 15 years were spent at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA; from 1984-1997 he served as Chairman of the Five College Astronomy Department. In 1998 Strom returned to Tucson as a member of the scientific staff at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory where he carried out research directed at understanding the formation of stars and planetary systems. He retired from NOAO in 2007.

Strom began photographing the landscape in 1978. He studied both the history of photography and silver and non-silver photography in studio courses with Todd Walker at the University of Arizona. His work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and is held in several permanent collections.

[Taken from Stephen Strom - Fine Art Photography]


51 plus items (2 boxes) : 51 photographs, duplicated on 2 CDs with 51 digital images ; prints: 8.5 x 11 in. and 13 x 19 in.

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The Stephen Strom Photograph Collection consists of prints and digital images of landscapes and building exteriors of various New Mexico communities.

Arrangement of the Collection

The Stephen Strom Photograph Collection is arranged alphabetically based on the photographer’s original order. 8.5” x 11” and 13” x 19” photographs are separated.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number. Oversize box 2 shelved in Big Box location by Pictorial Number.

Collection Available Online

Images from the Stephen Strom collection are availiable online on New Mexico Digital Collections .
Finding Aid of the Stephen Strom Photograph Collection, 1979-2010
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Brianne Stein
© 2012
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Funding provided by the University of New Mexico Libraries, Center for Regional Studies.

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