University of Arizona

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Arizona, Southwestern, and Borderlands Photograph Collection

Black and white photo of a Buffalo soldier posing with an Army pack mule, Ft. Bayard, New Mexico, circa1890s

This collection contains photographs, from various sources, of Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico including places, people, events and activities, and dating from about 1875 to the present. Formats include postcards, stereographs, cabinet cards, cyanotypes, viewbooks, and photoprints.

Particular subject strengths are the Mexican Revolution including the Mexican Army, Revolutionary Army, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy; and cities and people of Mexico including Cananea, Ciudad Juarez, Guaymas, Guadalajara, and Nogales. Other highlights are the Miami Copper Company; Apache, Navajo, and Tohono O’odham Indians; the San Carlos Indian Reservation, the Colorado River Indian Reservation; the Grand Canyon; cowboys and ranching; and prominent national and local politicians, artists, and others.

In addition to a large number of Tucson photographs; Bisbee, Douglas, Globe, Phoenix, and Tombstone are also well-represented.