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Santa Fe, New Mexico Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-995-041

Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographs and prints documenting specific places, buildings, landscapes, and people in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The images include major historical monuments such as the Palace of the Governors, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of San Miguel, the Santa Fe Plaza, the New Mexico Museum of Art and the U.S. Courthouse in Santa Fe. Many photographs also show broader views of the city, or views of the surrounding landscape. In addition to the documentation of notable sites in Santa Fe, the collection also represents sites of local interest, such as the Sanitarium founded by the Sisters of Charity, Allison School, affiliated with the Presbyterian church in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Water and Light Company, an early automotive garage, photographs of statuary, shrines, and curiosity shops, the oldest house in the United States, a historic Santa Fe home owned by a prominent family, the Sena Plaza, and a print of a "typical" Santa Fe structure.


  • circa 1880-1994
  • Majority of material found within 1890s, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s

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 Santa Fe, New Mexico Pictorial Collection attests to the city’s long and rich history, dating back to its establishment as an indigenous Pueblo settlement circa 900, its status as a provincial seat of New Spain, a Mexican city after the Mexican War of Independence, and its eventual annexation and incorporation into the United States as the state capital of New Mexico. Early in the twentieth century, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway bypassed Santa Fe, going instead to Lamy, which resulted in economic decline for the city. However, due to the climate, landscape, and rich cultural heritage of the city, it soon became a center for artists and writers. In the 1920s, local leaders began promoting the artistic culture and unique architectural style of Santa Fe as a tourist attraction. It continues to be a destination for vacationers and retirees, as well as artists and scholars.


68 items (2 boxes) : 68 prints

Language of Materials



The Santa Fe, New Mexico Pictorial Collection is comprised of photographs and prints of buildings, sites, persons and events from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Alternate Format Available

As of Feb. 2016, the majority of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Pictorial Collection is available online via New Mexico's Digital Collections.

Related Material

Nancy Tucker Pictorial Collection of Southwest Materials, Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. William A. Keleher Pictorial Collection, Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Old Santa Fe Folio, Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Santa Fe, New Mexico Records, 1822-1934, Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico.

Processing Information

The Santa Fe, New Mexico Pictorial Collection is an artificial collection first created in 1995 that brought together images from previously existing collections. In 2016, the collection was reprocessed to include a significant number of new additions and was also completely digitized. Reprocessing included renumbering each item in order to reflect the updated arrangement. A wood block print was added in 2017, and the collection title was changed to "Pictorial," reflecting multiple image formats.

Collection numbers previously utilized for items in the Santa Fe, New Mexico Pictorial Collection are: 990-021, 990-026, 991-006, 992-016, 995-025, 996-003, 996-030, 998-001 2001-026; along with a print from an unprocessed accession 2005-022.
Finding Aid of the Santa Fe, New Mexico Pictorial Collection, circa 1880-1994
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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