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Howard Clinton Tibbitts Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-2013-001

Scope and Content

This collection is arranged by subject. Tibbitts’ images are of various sites along the Southern Pacific Railroad stops in the American Southwest and Mexico. These negatives include images in Arizona of the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Canyon de Muerto, Segi Canyon, Ganado, and the Apache Trail. In New Mexico there are images of Laguna Pueblo, Acoma Pueblo, Tesuque Pueblo, Zuni Pueblo, Isleta Pueblo, Bandelier National Monument, Pecos, and Raton. In Mexico the images are of Juarez and Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Also included are images of the Panama-California Exposition, El Paso, Texas, Utah, California, and Nevada. Black-and-white negative is 8.5x6.5 and print is 8x10.


  • 1907-1920

Access Restrictions

The collection is available for research. Researchers are encouraged to use digital copies of glass plates whenever possible. To view the glass plates in this collection, please contact the pictorial archivist.

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.


Howard Clinton Tibbitts (1863-1937) was a San Francisco based photographer. Beginning in 1892, and for the next 40 years, Tibbitts worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad, where he photographed American West, Canada, and Mexico. He documented landscapes, towns, industry, agriculture, parks, and public buildings to help promote Southern Pacific’s passenger service.

Tibbitts’ work was shown in Sunset magazine, Southern Pacific Railroad’s magazine. Sunset hoped to change the "wild west" misconception of the American West through images of its beauty and grandeur. The magazine especially featured locations on the Southern Pacific's Sunset line, which ran from New Orleans to San Francisco, including those in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Mexico.

Source: “H.C. Tibbitts Photograph Collection,” Online Archive of California, accessed July 10, 2013.


82 plus items (5 boxes) : 80 black & white whole glass plate negatives; 1 black & white negative; 1 black & white print, 1 album

Language of Materials



The Howard Clinton Tibbitts Pictorial Collection is comprised of glass plate negatives of New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, and Piedras Negras, Coahuila in Mexico.


The materials in the collection have been arranged by subject.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Alternative Format Available

Most of the Howard Clinton Tibbitts Pictorial Collection is available online via New Mexico Digital Collactions.
Finding Aid of the Howard Clinton Tibbitts Pictorial Collection, 1907-1920
Eileen Hogan
© 2013
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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