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La Jicarita Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-000-1107

Scope and Contents

The photographs in this collection illustrate the topics and actions that were of prime importance to La Jicarita and its founders, Kay Matthews and Mark Schiller. Environmental and social justice in northern New Mexico are front and center- forestry, grazing, land and water rights, mining, and protests/demonstrations.

Black and white photographs are by Eric Shultz. Color snapshots were taken by Kay Matthews and Mark Schiller.


  • 1997-2008


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 publication or distribution. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.

Background Information

Kay Matthews is a freelance journalist, publisher, and editor of La Jicarita, a journal of environmental politics. She and her partner, Mark Schiller, started La Jicarita in 1996 as the print newspaper of Rio Pueblo/Rio Embudo Watershed Protection Coalition, a watchdog group. The paper soon expanded to investigate environmental and social justice issues across northern New Mexico: loss of agricultural lands to development; transfer of water out of agricultural use; loss of grasslands to forest encroachment; loss of biodiversity due to fire suppression; lack of community access to forest resources; and the continuing decline in community stability due to lack of economic opportunity and attendant social problems. The paper is now published online. Matthews lives on a farm in El Valle, NM where she served as an acequia commissioner for many years.


707 items (3 boxes) : 702 photographs, 5 color photocopies

Language of Materials



The photographs document environmental and social justice issues and actions in northern New Mexico.

Physical Location

B2. Filed by collection number.

Separated Materials

Photographs separated from La Jicarita Papers.


Finding Aid of La Jicarita Photograph Collection
Beth Silbergleit
January 2023
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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