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Detroit Photographic Co. William Henry Jackson Photochrom Album

Identifier: PICT-2019-006

Scope and Content

Album of 95 photochroms in gilt leather album, 11-1/2 x 14-3/4 inches. The photochroms are printed by Detroit Photographic Co. from glass plate collodion negatives by William Henry Jackson. Images are mounted on the fronts and backs of 52 pages in corner slits; 94 are 9x6-3/4inches, one is 6-1/2x4-3/4inches. Four pages are blank, having photo corners but no prints. Individual prints are copyright stamped between 1898 – 1902, and each has a title and an ID number.

Depicted subjects include: Indians of the Southwest (Acoma, Apache, Hopi, Isleta, Papago, Pueblo, Utes, Zuni); Cities and views of California (Catalina Island, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Redlands, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, and cactus garden, cattle ranching, Chinatown, date palms, Hotel del Coronado, La Jolla Caves, Ramona’s Home, Sweetwater Dam Yosemite); California Missions (Carmel, Dolores, Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Gabriel, San Juan Bautista, San Juan Capistrano including Charles Lummis, San Luis Rey, San Miguel, Santa Barbara, Santa Inez); Colorado cities and scenes (Antlers Hotel, cattle roundup on Cimarron River, Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, Grand River Canyon, Pike’s Peak, railroad views, St. Peter’s Dome, Ute Pass); and the Grand Canyon in Arizona.


  • 1898-1902
  • Majority of material found in 1880s-1905

Language of Materials


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 Detroit Photographic Company was launched as a photographic publishing firm in the late 1890s by Detroit businessman and publisher William A. Livingstone, Jr., and photographer and photo-publisher Edwin H. Husher. They obtained the exclusive rights to use the Swiss "Photochrom" process for converting black-and-white photographs into color images and printing them by photolithography. Photochrom was the first successfully commercial color photography, enabling the mass production of color postcards, prints, and albums for sale to the American market.

Late in 1897, Livingstone persuaded the accomplished American landscape photographer, William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), to join the firm. This added the thousands of negatives of western and other subjects produced by Jackson to the Detroit Photographic Company's inventory. Jackson's collection included city and town views, images of prominent buildings, scenes along railroad lines, views of hotels and resorts, as well as scenic views and natural wonders.

William Henry Jackson became the plant manager in 1903, leaving him with less time to travel and take photographs. The firm was known as the Detroit Photographic Co. until 1905 when it became the Detroit Publishing Company. With the declining sale of photographs and postcards during World War I, and the introduction of new and cheaper printing methods used by competing firms, the Detroit Publishing Company went into receivership in 1924. They liquidated their assets in 1932.

In 1939 Jackson gave the Detroit Publishing Company negatives and prints to the Edison Institute (now known as the Henry Ford Museum) in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1949, the Edison Institute gave all of the negatives and many duplicate photographs to the Colorado Historical Society. The Colorado Historical Society transferred most of the negatives and prints for sites east of the Mississippi to the Library of Congress later that year.

Source: LOC Prints & Photographs Online Catalog:Detroit Publishing Company, accessed 6/14/2019.


95 plus items (1 box) : Album with 95 photochrom prints


Gilt leather album of 52 pages with 95 photochrom prints of William Henry Jackson photographic negatives depicting Native Americans from the Southwest, and scenes of California, Colorado and the Grand Canyon, with captions and copyright dates.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved in Big Box location by Pictorial Number.

Related Archival Material

William Henry Jackson Photochrom Collection Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. Mexico: Briquet and Jackson Photograph Album Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.


Box shelved in Big Box location.

List of photo captions and copyright dates

Detroit Photo # Caption Copyright date
53406 Utes, Ignacio, High Chief 1899
53407 Buckskin Charlie , Subchief of the Utes 1899
53427 Moki Herdsman 1899
53409 Utes, Jose Romero and Family 1899
53410 Utes, A Group of Children 1899
53411 Utes Southern, Pee Viggi and Squaw 1899
53412 Apache Chief James A. Garfield 1899
53413 Apache Chiefs Garfield, Pouche Te Foya and Sanches 1899
53414 Pueblo Indians Jose, Jesus and Wife 1899
53428 Oraibi, Arizona, Thanksgiving Dance 1899
53415 Moki, Basket Weaver 1902
53426 The Cigarette Smoker, Moki Pueblo, Arizona 1899
53876 Old Church at Pueblo of Acoma, N.M. 1902
53063 La Jolla Caves near San Diego 1899
53157 Echo Cliffs, Grand River Canyon, Colorado 1900
53813 Antelope Priests Chanting at Kisi, Moki, Snake Dance 1902
53814 Taqui, A Moki Snake Priest 1902
53879 Papago Indians 1902
53816 A Woman of Isleta Pueblo 1902
53299 New Mexico, The Rain Dance, Zuni Pueblo 1899
53818 The Moki Snake Dance 1902
53489 Pedro, A Ute Brave 1900
53035 Mission San Diego 1899
53445 Mesa Encant(ana?) from Pueblo of Acoma, N.M. 1899
53145 St. Peter's Dome, Colorado 1901
53124 Colorado, Round Up on the Cimarron 1898
53150 The Summit of Pike's Peak 1901
53110 Balanced Rock, Garden of the Gods 1901
53111 The Gateway, Garden of the Gods 1898
53113 Sunrise from Pike's Peak 1899
53412 The Antlers, Colorado Springs 1901
53148 Rainbow Falls in Ute Pass, Colorado 1901
53096 Ramona's Home, Cumulos, California 1900
53017 A Patient Herd 1900
53036 A Peaceful Glen in Southern California 1898
53040 Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 1898
53041 Old Trail to Mt. Wilson, Pasadena 1898
53042 Lucky Baldwin's Ranch, Pasadena 1898
53043 A Pasadena Rose Garden 1898
53059 Mt. Lowe Cable Incline 1899
53045 Gold of Ophir Roses, Carmelita, Pasadena 1898
53049 Snow and Palms at Pasadena, California 1898
53055 Almond Trees in Blossom 1899
53054 California Magnolia Avenue, West Riverside 1899
53053 California Magnolia Avenue, East Riverside 1899
53056 Orange Grove at Riverside 1899
53057 Orange Packing at Redlands 1899
53058 Panorama of Redlands from Smiley's Heights 1899
53061 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 1899
53060 View from Echo Mountain House, Mt. Lowe 1899
??088 Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena 1900
53066 Children of Chinatown, Los Angeles, Cal. 1899
53090 Riverside, California 1900
53091 View of Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 1901
53092 View on Palm Avenue, Riverside 1901
53062 Hollenbeck Home, Los Angeles 1899
53097 Date Palms of California 1901
53904 A Cactus Garden in California 1902
53079 Sweetwater Dam, San Diego, California 1900
53077 Farnsworth's Loop, Santa Catalina Island 1899
53265 Arizona Grand Canyon of Arizona 1898
53073 Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California 1899
53021 Carmel Mission, near Monterey, California 1902
53578 Grand Canyon in Arizona from Rowe's Point 1900
53050 Hotel del Coronado, California 1899
53051 Southview, Hotel del Coronado, California 1899
53052 The Court, Hotel del Coronado, California 1899
53900 The Cliff House, San Francisco [nightview] 1901
53013 El Capitan, Yosemite Valley 1898
53008 Yosemite Valley, General view 1898
53083 Market Street, San Francisco 1900
53084 Union Square, San Francisco 1900
53067 The Cliff House, San Francisco, California 1899
53078 San Francisco Bay from the Summit of Mt. Tamalpais 1900
53080 Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 1900
53071 Chinese Pharmacy, Los Angeles, California 1899
53070 Brother Odoricus, Mission Santa Barbara, California 1899
53065 The Old Mission Church of Los Angeles 1899
54064 Grand Canyon of Arizona from Bright Angel Hotel 1902
53022 Mission San Juan Bautista 1898
53023 Mission San Antonio 1898
53025 Mission San Miguel 1898
53024 Mission San Antonio, General view 1898
53026 Mission Santa Inez 1898
53027 Mission Santa Barbara 1898
53028 Mission Santa Barbara. In the Garden 1898
53029 Mission San Francisco 1898
53030 Mission San Gabriel, California 1899
53031 The Corridors, Mission San Juan Capistrano 1899
53032 Interior of Corridors, Mission San Juan Capistrano 1901
53033 Mission San Luis Rey 1898
53020 Mission Dolores, San Francisco 1898
53035 Mission San Diego 1898
53068 The Garden, Mission Santa Barbara, California 1899
51314 Old Caretaker at Mission San Juan Capistrano [Charles Lummis and Daughter Turbese] none

Processing Information

Collection was acquired and processed in 2019.
Finding Aid of the Detroit Photographic Co. William Henry Jackson Photochrom Album, 1898-1902
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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