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Valley Ranch Photograph Album

Identifier: PICT-2018-005

Scope and Content

Consists of 180 mostly black and white photographs, 5 color postcards, 8 real photograph postcards, 1 original drawing, and assorted newspaper clippings collected by an unidentified woman into a "Kodak Library" album. Each page contains detailed captions and annotations. The photos feature scenes of life on the dude ranch and snapshots of various northern New Mexico locations. Many individual ranch staff and guests are identified.


  • 1934-1940

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 Valley Ranch (c.1926-1948) was a vacation resort on the Pecos River near Glorieta, New Mexico, accessible from the pre-1937 path of Route 66. It was also a stop on the Indian Detours motoring tours. Pecos Indians originally inhabited the land, which was later part of the Cañon de Pecos land grant, then purchased in 1852 by Alexander Valle as a private ranch. Eventually, the year-'round resort was one of a number of popular campgrounds and dude ranches. During its heyday, the Valley Ranch boasted its own Post Office and Sunday afternoon rodeos. After 1947, it was owned and managed by a number of other organizations, serving as a Trappists monastery, and continues as a retreat center.


194 plus items (1 box) : Album with 180 b/w photographs, 13 postcards, clippings, 1 pencil sketch

Language of Materials



Photo album compiled by a guest at the Valley Ranch, a New Mexico dude ranch on the Pecos River

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.

Related Archival Material

Along with Valley Ranch brochures cataloged into the UNM Library catalog, researchers may be interested in the Valley Ranch Postcard Collection, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Valley Ranch Photograph Album, 1934-1940
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Cindy Abel Morris
© 2019
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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