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New Mexico Boys' School Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-2017-009

Scope and Content

This collection of 138 negatives and 29 black and white photographic prints, arrived in the Center for Southwest Research in a box labeled "Summer 1965, New Mexico Boys School, Santa Fe." Depicted are residents and staff, including a priest in his vestments. Many of the photographs are indoor and outdoor scenes at the Boys' Ranch, but specific locations are often unidentified. Some settings, however, can be located in and around Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM, and Cal Farley's Boys Ranch in Texas. The only identified individuals are Father Edward Francis Donelan, Catholic chaplain at the school 1958-1969; and Orlando R. Fernandez, editor of El Paisano, the Boys' School literary publication, and the probable photographer of items in this collection.

The 2 x 2 inch negatives are sleeved according to numbered and dated negative batches. The 6 trimmed photographs on 8 x 10 mounting board and 6 additional 8x10 prints are correlated with the negatives. 17 unique prints do not have corresponding negatives.


  • 1965

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.


The New Mexico Boys' School was a residential correctional facility in Springer, NM, administered by the New Mexico Corrections and Children, Youth and Families Departments. It was founded in 1909 and closed in 2005. The facility was re-opened in 2007 to house adults as the Springer Correctional Center.

The property includes 4000 acres, with a 40 acre main campus. Most of the current facility was built in the mid-1960s as an open campus, with dormitories, administration and other program buildings. Remaining acreage is utilized for livestock and feed.


167 items (1 box) : 138 negatives and 29 photographic prints ; negatives: 2 x 2 in., prints: 8 x 10 in.

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A collection of negatives and prints from the summer of 1965 taken at the New Mexico Boys' School in Springer, NM.
Finding Aid of the New Mexico Boys' School Photograph Collection, 1965
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Cindy Abel Morris
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  • 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