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United States Potash Company Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-2014-007

Scope and Content

17 black & white exterior images of the United States Potash Company's buildings in Carlsbad, NM.


  • circa 1932

Access Restrictions

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.


The United States Potash Company began building shafts in Carlsbad, NM in 1929 and was completed in January 1931. Potash refers to potassium chloride or potassium sulphate. Most soils in which basic crops grow must be fed potash; it is thus a vital element in American food production. Potash is also important in the manufacture of glass, soap, matches, drugs, high-octane gasoline, and black powder. In 1925, the Snowden & McSweeney Co., exploring for oil east of Carlsbad, discovered potash salts. As a result of this discovery, the United States Potash Company was formed producing its first refined commercial potash in September of 1932.

Source: "ATSF Diesels (Online publication)." Armadillo & Western Railroad Company. N.p., 23 Apr. 2011. Web. 23 Aug. 2014.


17 items (1 folder) : 17 photographic prints

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17 black & white photographs of the U.S. Potash Mine Company buildings in Carlsbad, NM.

Physical Location

B2. Small Collections Box 10. Filed by Pictorial Number.
Finding Aid of the United States Potash Company Pictorial Collection, circa 1932
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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