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Postcard Collection

Identifier: PICT-995-027

Scope and Content

Commercially reproduced and distributed postcards of various sizes, with the majority 3.5 x 5 inches. Some are black & white photographs, others are tinted or printed from color film. Processes include collotypes, gelatin silver prints and photomechanical prints. Received from various sources, they are organized by region and subdivided alphabetically by locale or other subject depicted. Some of the locations represented in New Mexico are Abiquiu, Abo, Acoma, Albuquerque, Apache Canyon, Aztec, Camel Rock, Carlsbad, Chama, Cimarron, Cloudcroft, Conchas Dam, Cochiti Pueblo, Deming, Elephant Butte, Fort Selden, Santa Fe and Route 66.

Includes postcards by J. R. Willis.

Additions transferred from other collections expand the geographic range to all of North, Central and South America, and Europe

This collection also contains 8 postcard albums: 3 albums from Spain, Italy, Sweden, and Norway collected circa 1918; 1 album from France, England, Austria, Germany undated; 1 album from Italy, England, France, Canada circa 1890 containing 269 postcards; 1 album of the British Isles circa 1880 containing 44 postcards; 1 scrapbook and postcard album of Mary LeRoy King including primarily postcards of England, Scotland, and Italy before 1872 containing 158 postcards; and 1 album of gravestones in the United States circa 1884 containing 50 postcards.


  • 1872-Present

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.


uncounted items (12 boxes) : uncounted postcards, 8 postcard albums ; mostly 3-1/2 x 5 inches

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Commercially reproduced and distributed postcards. Some are black & white photographs, others are tinted or printed from color film.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Related Material

For a large collection of of Route 66 postcards including New Mexico see:

The Curt Teich Postcard Archives at the Lake County Historical Society in Libertyville, Illinois Elmer and Ruth Seidhoff Southwest Travel Scrapbook, Narrative, and Clippings University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections


For a large collection of of Route 66 postcards including New Mexico see:

Processing Information

This collection was artificially assembled by the Center for Southwest Research. Materials may be added periodically.

This collection includes a postcard formally numbered PICT 991-031. Latin American postcards from separate collections have been transferred to this collection, including PICT 989-014 (La Ceiba, Honduras Postcard Collection), PICT 993-011 (Barranguilla, Colombia Postcard Collection), PICT 993-013 (Mexico Postcards Collection), and PICT 993-014 (Mexican Art Postcard Collection).
Finding Aid of the Postcard Collection, 1872-Present
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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