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Carnaval en Veracruz Photograph Album

Identifier: PICT-2020-014

Scope and Contents

The Recuerdo de Carnaval en Veracruz from Febraury 1925 provides a visual record of the multiday Carnival festival in Veracruz, Mexico, following a dormant period preceeding and during the Mexican Revolution.

All photographic prints are inscribed with the photographer/studio name "J. Santamaria" and captions. Depicted subjects include the Carnival Queen and her coronation, members of the adult and chilren's courts; musicians; indigenous, social and professional groups in processions; and decorated automobiles and parade floats.


  • 1925

Access Restrictions

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.


Carnival has been celebrated in Mexico since the Spanish colonial period. Originally a religious celebration before the more somber season of Lent, it has largely become a civic and social event. Highlights of the annual, multiday event include street celebrations and parties, vendors, elite balls, the election and crowning of a queen and her court with king and children's courts also frequently celebrated; decorated automobiles and parade floats; musicians from European, African and Indigenous traditions; and masked and costumed participants often including cross-dressing.

While excessive celebrations were restricted during the late 19th century, these regulations were reversed following the Mexican Revolution. Carnival in Veracruz was re-initiated in 1925, with sponsorship of the Alianza de Ferrocarrileros. The Queen that year was Lucha Raigadas (or Reygabas.) In the 21st century, Carnival in Veracruz is one of the largest celebrations of the festival in Mexico.


47 items (1 box) : Album containing 47 photographs and soft board cover ; 4.5x 6.5 photographs

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


The album is a visual record of the multiday February 1925 Carnival festival in Veracruz, Mexico. Depicted subjects include the Carnival Queen and court, as well as children's courts, social and professional groups in processions, musicians and decorated parade floats.

Physical Location

Album is filed with Pictorial collections.

Related Materials

Carlos Mérida Carnival in Mexico Folio, PICT 2000-018;
Carnaval en Veracruz Photograph Album
Cindy Abel Morris
© 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