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Frank G. Applegate Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-097

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs (8x10 in. and smaller) of Frank Applegate and his family, including his wife, and daughter Betty (later McClung) that were taken between 1906 and the 1950s, along with photographs of their homes and furnishings. Among the photos of their homes are several by Ansel Adams that were featured in the Ladies Home Journal in 1930, and several by Theo M. Fisher that appeared in House and Garden in 1929. The collection also includes photographs of Applegate's paintings, pottery and Spanish Colonial-style folk art. One photograph shows Applegate at work at the Academie Julian in Paris. Applegate may have collected some of the photos for inclusion in a book he planned to write on New Mexican architecture, a few of which Adams also made. Among these are photographs of churches at Cochiti, San Ildefonso, Santo Domingo, Santa Clara, and San Felipe Pueblos, and in Trampas and Cordova, and photographs of Native American ruins and dwellings. Photographer P. Clinton Bortell made a photograph of Walpi on the Hopi reservation that also is included. The tintype is believed to be an image of Applegate's mother-in-law, Agnes Chenoweth, as a young woman, c. 1880. The album contains photographs of Applegate family at their home in Morrisville, Pa., in the 1910s and 1990's.


  • 1880-1996


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.


Frank Applegate was an author, artist (painter and sculptor), and scholar. His works include Indian Stories from the Pueblos (1929), Native tales of New Mexico (completed by Mary Austin in 1932), and an unpublished manuscript on Spanish colonial arts. He was a contributor to the Southwest Review, Folk say, and the Saturday Review of Literature. In 1921, Applegate moved to Santa Fe, N.M. He spent several summers in Arizona where he lived with the Hopi to collect stories and help revive Indian arts. In Santa Fe, he collected and restored Spanish Colonial arts and crafts, and with Mary Austin, co-founded the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.


268 items (2 boxes) : 266 photograph prints, 1 tintype, 1 photograph album

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This collection contains photographs of Frank Applegate and his family taken between 1906 and the 1950s, along with photographs of their homes and furnishings. Applegate collected some of the photos in this collection for inclusion in a book he planned to write on New Mexican architecture.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

The photographs were separated from the Frank G. Applegate Papers.
Finding Aid of the Frank G. Applegate Photograph Collection, 1880-1996
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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