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Linda Montoya Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-2014-004

Scope and Content

The Linda Montoya Collection contains 52 black and white, and color, digital photographic prints spanning from 1973-2009. Each print is 8" x 10”. The images consist of documentary photographs of people and places in northern New Mexico including Santa Fe, Chimayo, Las Trampas, Truchas, Chamita, Cochiti Pueblo, Velarde, Taos, and Cordova. The collection includes six images of agricultural lands in southern New Mexico around the Mesilla Valley. The portraiture of the collection is of artists, craftspeople, business people, the residents of towns in northern New Mexico as well as the relatives of Linda Montoya. The subjects are photographed within a setting related to their trade or in their home environment. A portion of the collection is images of small family sanctuaries as well as public chapels including Santo Nino de Atocha in Chimayo and San Jose de Gracia Church in Las Trampas.


  • 1973-2009

Access Restrictions

The collection is available 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.


Linda Montoya is a native of New Mexico, raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is well known for her portrait work on people of New Mexico. Her work is considered both commercial and documentary in style and function. Her interest in photography began with the use of black-and-white film using a 35 mm camera. In the early 1970s, while living in Boston, Montoya took her first darkroom classes at the Art Institute of Boston. When she moved back to Santa Fe in 1973, she enrolled in photography classes offered through the College of Santa Fe. Many of her technical skills were obtained when she worked in a photography gallery and processing lab in Santa Fe.

Montoya’s photos have been used for publication in numerous magazines, and her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in and out of New Mexico. In 2009, her photography was recognized by the Woodson Foundation when she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to advancing the visual arts in New Mexico.


52 items (1 box) : 52 photographic prints ; prints: 8 x 10 in.

Language of Materials



Photographic prints by Linda Montoya of people and places in New Mexico.


This collection came as one accession, from the photographer, and is arranged chronologically.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Collection Available Online

Some photographs from the Linda Montoya Pictorial Collection are available in digital format from New Mexico's Digital Collections .

Processing Information

Collection was processed in September 2018 by Rachel Donovan.
Finding Aid of the Linda Montoya Pictorial Collection, 1973-2009
Edited Full Draft
Eileen Price
© 2014, 2018
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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