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Carroll C. Thomas Film Collection

Identifier: PICT-2013-006

Scope and Content

The Carroll C. Thomas Film Collection contains home movies filmed by Carroll C. Thomas in the 1930s and 1940s. Included in these films are images of downtown Albuquerque and Santa fe, Taos Pueblo, Boy Scout Jamborees, Santa Fe Fiesta (Fiestas de Santa Fe), skiing, Native American dancers and pottery, Washington D.C., Desert View Watchtower, road trips, Aztec Ruins National Monument, San Ildefonso potter Maria Martinez, driving through the snow, and Carroll C. Thomas' children and family.

Also included are photocopies of clippings regarding Thomas' work with the Boy Scouts, a short biography written by Thomas' granddaughter, and a photograph of an older Thomas.


  • 1930s-1940s

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Do not pull box 1 for patrons. Films available online or on DVD in box 2.

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.


Carroll Carr Thomas was born in Illinois on 2 June 1895. He was a WWI veteran who served in England in the US Army Air Corp before marrying Esther Thomas. They moved from Iowa to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1934 so Thomas could head up the Northern New Mexico Boy Scouts organization. He was a member of the Santa Fe American Legion and the Rotary Club. In 1944, the Thomas family moved to Albuquerque and in 1948 they moved again to Denver, Colorado. Thomas was an avid outdoorsman and photographer. He died in Denver in 1953 at the age of 57 and was buried in Fairmount Cemetery.

Biography provided by the family of Carroll C. Thomas.


23 plus items (2 boxes) : 10 rolls of 8mm film, 1 roll of 16mm film, 11 DVDs, textual material, 1 photograph

Language of Materials



The Carroll C. Thomas Film Collection contains home movies of boy scout events and the boy scout camp, Aztec, White Sands, pottery, skiing, Taos, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Fiesta Santa Fe, as well as family events and various trips across the U.S.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Carroll C. Thomas Film Collection online

Nine films from the Carroll C. Thomas Film Collection are available online via the New Mexico Digital Collections.

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Finding Aid of the Carroll C. Thomas Film Collection, 1930s-1940s
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Eileen Hogan
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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