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Valley Ranch Postcard Collection

Identifier: PICT-2019-003

Scope and Content

The collection was forwarded by the Finger Lakes Stamp Club from a donation. All of the postcards are addressed to Phyllis Hickney of Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut (presumed to be Phyllis Hickney Larson, 1923-2018) from "Pimmy".

The postcards are commercial color or black and white photomechanical prints, and real photographs printed on postcard paper. The images include buttes, mountains and river valley views, campfire cooking, the Pueblo de Taos, and Valley Ranch structures.


  • 1943

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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 Valley Ranch (c.1926-1948) was a vacation resort on the Pecos River near Glorieta, New Mexico, accessible from the pre-1937 path of Route 66. It was also a stop on the Indian Detours motoring tours. Originally inhabited by the Pecos Indians, and then part of the Canon de Pecos land grant, Alexander Valle purchased the land in 1852 as a private ranch. Eventually, the year-round resort was one of a number of popular campgrounds and dude ranches. During its heyday, the Valley Ranch, boasted its own Post Office and Sunday afternoon rodeos. After 1947, it was owned and managed by a number of other organizations, including Trappists and Benedictines as a monastery, and served as a retreat center.


8 items (1 folder) : 8 postcards


The Valley Ranch Postcard Collection is a set of commercial and real photograph postcards sent to Phyllis Hickney of Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut, by "Pimmy" during a visit to the Valley Ranch on the Pecos River, New Mexico, in July 1943.

Physical Location

B2. Small Collections Box 11. Filed by Pictorial Number.

Related Archival Material

Along with Vallery Ranch brochures cataloged into the UNM Library catalog, researchers may be interested in the Valley Ranch Photo Album, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Valley Ranch Postcard Collection, 1943
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Revision Statements

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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