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Martin Shaffer Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-2017-002

Scope and Content

The collection of film negatives and photographic prints is comprised of job file envelopes labeled with client names, primarily from the 1940s to 1970s. Two unprocessed boxes have been designated as of special interest (numbers 35 and 36) for their subject grouped folders of people, landscapes, and events in Taos, New Mexico. The 38 boxes shelved in B16 have received initial processing.


  • 1932-1985
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1980

Access Restrictions

The 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.


Martin Shaffer was born in Mountainair, New Mexico, in 1913. His parents, Clem and Lena Shaffer, ran the Shaffer Hotel; his mother also ran a photography studio. Martin attended the University of New Mexico and then moved to Taos in 1932. He was a painter, iron smith, and professional photographer deeply involved with many aspects of Taos cultural and daily life. He ran his photography business there until his death in 1985.


87 boxes : uncounted prints and negatives

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The collection includes job file envelopes labeled with client names, and a few subject grouped folders, of people and events in Taos, New Mexico, from the 1940s to 1970s.

Physical Location

49 boxes are shelved on TL9; 38 boxes (with initial processing) are shelved in B16, carriages 29B and 30A.

Processing Information

The collection is unprocessed, with no organizing arrangement. Inquire with Pictorial Archivist for further information.
Martin Shaffer Photograph Collection, 1932-1985
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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