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Helmut de Terra Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-163

Scope and Content

Photographs documenting the travels of Dr. Helmut de Terra throughout Asia and the Americas. This collection includes several photographs of Mesoamerican artifacts.


  • 1921-1950


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.


Helmut de Terra (1900-1981) was born in Guben, Germany to Margrit and Otto de Terra. De Terra received his doctorate in geography from the University of Munich. After coming to the United States, he became an Assistant Professor at Yale University and later a Research Associate at the Carnegie Institution in Washington. He was also an Associate Professor at the New School for Social Research and Chief of Regional Research for the US Board of Geology, Department of Interior. His research interests included geography and pleistocene geology of high central Asia and southern Asia as well as the relationship between environment and human prehistory. De Terra conducted research expeditions to India, Burma, Java, Tibet, and Mexico, and he is known for the discovery of "Tepexpan Man," a prehistoric human skull from Mexico.


uncounted items (4 boxes) : 3 folders, 6 photograph albums, with uncounted photographic prints

Language of Materials



Photographs documenting the travels of Dr. Helmut Deterra throughout Asia and the Americas.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Separated Material

The photographic material was separated from the Helmut de Terra Papers.
Finding Aid of the Helmut de Terra Photograph Collection, 1921-1950
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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