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Finding Aid of the Ruth Fornoff Apodaca Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-2022-008

Scope and Contents

Ruth Apodaca donated four albums or scrapbooks of her photographs to the Center for Southwest Research in August 2022. She also donated her scrapbooks of photographs of Albuquerque murals and art work to the city Public Art Program. She took the images in these four albums between 1995 and 2000 while on trips across New Mexico with the Bear Canyon and Palo Duro Camera Clubs. Several of her photographs won prizes in local contests. She wrote comments for many of the images, and often included brochures and newspaper clippings for more background about the sites. Sometimes she named the club members who were on a particular trip. She used a Minolta camera for most of her work.

The majority of the images are in color but she also did some in black and white. The latter are identified in the finding guide. Some of the photos show landscapes, rock formations, forests, flowers and horses. Others are exterior and interior views of historic buildings, mines, mills, and museums, as well as people visiting or working at these sites. Among the most extensive and interesting are her photos at the Zuni Pueblo tribal art center, Hillsborough and the La Cueva Historic District in Mora County. Some of these locations have changed over the years and her work documents how they appeared in past decades. The collection is an important addition to New Mexico visual history.


  • 1994-2000


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publications or distribution.

Biographical / Historical

Ruth Apodaca used to live in Northeast Albuquerque. She worked in secretarial, survey ad marketing jobs. She loved taking photographs. She belonged to the Bear Canyon and Palo Duro Camera Clubs. The club members took day and overnight trips to many locations in New Mexico. This collection features her photographs from ca. 1995-2000. In 2022 Apodaca moved out of state.


1471 items (4 boxes) : 4 albums containing 1471 photographs

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This collection contains photographs taken by Ruth Apodaca from 1995-2000. She was a member of several Albuquerque photography clubs. They show various landscapes, historic sites and museums in New Mexico that she and the clubs visited. Most images are in color, but some are black and white. They go beyond the tourist view and are good representations of many locations in the state in the 1990s.

Physical Location

B2. Filed on Pictorial shelves
Finding Aid of the Ruth Fornoff Apodaca Photograph Collection
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Nancy Brown Martinez
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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