African Americans in New Mexico


Use the ROCKY MOUNTAIN ONLINE ARCHIVE (RMOA) engine to search the inventories of archival collections at the CSWR for photos. (The RMOA can also search the inventories of collections at over 30 other repositories in NM, CO and WYO).


RMOA Help:

Use Advanced Search. Limit by institution = UNM Center for Southwest Research (or can open to all.)

Use the Word search box for your topic.

Use keyword to search for topic.

Plus! - Put  PICT - in the box for Collection Number and it will limit your search to those containing just photos.

When looking inside an individual collection inventory, use CTRL + F to open a Find window – type in search term to locate it in the inventory.



Try using the New Mexico Digital Collection (NMDC) to find images or media related to African Americans.

The NMDC - a CSWR / UNM online source - contains scans of selected documents, reports, maps, photos, chapters and videos from the CSWR archive collections. Further, the NMDC also has selected archival materials scanned from twelve other NM repositories!

Below here are a few Pictorial collections from the CSWR with photographs related to African Americans.


Some images from these collections are on the NMDC.

Cobb Memorial Photography Collection, 1880-1942 PICT 000-019, includes photos of African Americans in Albuquerque, 1880-1912, as businessmen, workers, men and women in choir, in foot races, children in school, etc. Collection on NMDC.

Albert W. Vogel Photograph Collection,1931-1966, Pict 000-005, material for Vogel's publication on poverty in Barelas, Arenal, and Los Lunas, 1967, South Valley, Albuquerque. Black families. Some photos on NMDC.

Buffalo Soldiers in Columbus, New Mexico Photograph Collection, 1918, PICT 2010-001, part of 24th Infantry, January 20, 1918. Collection on NMDC.

Harold W. Stowell Photography Collection, 1920-1969, PICT 000-505, includes African American business people and families in Albuquerque, ca. 1960.

See samples from the NMDC on the right.








Sample media from NMDC

From NMDC - Photo of three African American couples on bicycles, ca. 1900, likely in Albuquerque.
Photo from CSWR - William A. Keleher Photography Collection, PICT 000-742-0263

From NMDC - Crossing of Breath: Black and Indian Relations in the Southwest (video)
A digital copy of a panel discussion filmed on Nov. 10, 2005 - presentation at UNM Library, filmed by the Center for Regional Studies. Location: CSWR LD3781.N566 C4 2005 Nov. 10 tape. 4 parts.