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Staplin Family Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-2013-003

Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of photographs depicting Taos and Taos Pueblo, circa 1905-1920. There are also images of the Chamblin Hotel (Belen, NM), La Belle, NM; Las Vegas, NM (Rough Riders reunion, including Teddy Roosevelt); Santa Fe, NM (Matachines dances, Santa Fe parade, Scottish Rite ladies reunion (including Mary Staplin), San Miguel Church). Business cards and letterheads document some of Staplin’s affiliations, including his trading business with Bert Phillips. Invitations to Gov. Mechem’s inaugural ball and to a Rio Grande Ku Klux Klan naturalization ceremony are also included.


  • circa 1885-2004
  • Majority of material found within 1885-1920

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.

Biographical Information

Frank Staplin, born on July 4, 1874 in Chicago, was a U. S. Commissioner, newspaperman, and merchant/trader. He came west to La Veta, CO with his parents in 1879. Staplin moved to Taos, NM in 1893, where he became editor and publisher of La Belle Cresset. Staplin served in the New Mexico House of Representatives from 1899-1901. In 1902, he established La Revista de Taos. He began the Taos Indian Curio Shop with artist, Bert Geer Phillips. Staplin continued trading when he moved to Farmington, NM (1905), specializing in Navajo blankets and silverware. He also established the Farmington Enterprise.

Staplin moved to Santa Fe in 1913. He established the New Mexico State Record newspaper in 1914. He was also an investor in local turquoise, lead, zinc, copper, and silver mines, and later in life, in the oil business. Mr. Staplin died in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1957.


Representative New Mexicans, 1912.

Frank Staplin Collection finding aid. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.


86 items (1 box) : 74 photographic prints, 4 postcards, 8 photographic facsimiles


The collection consists primarily of photographs depicting Taos and Taos Pueblo, circa 1905-1920. There are also images from Belen, La Belle, Las Vegas, and Santa Fe (NM), as well as ephemera such as business cards, letterheads, and invitations.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Related Archival Material

Frank Staplin Collection. Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.
Finding Aid of the Staplin Family Pictorial Collection, circa 1885-2004
B. Silbergleit
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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