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Albuquerque Museum Photo Archives

Albuquerque Museum's rich archive of historic photographs - more than 130,000 - document Albuquerque, its people, architecture, businesses, urban landscape, and depictions of daily life and important events

Albuquerque Museum's rich archive of historic photographs - more than 130,000 - document Albuquerque, its people, architecture, businesses, urban landscape, and depictions of daily life and important events. The archives have long served as an important resource for the community, including artists and writers.

The photographs date from 1880 when New Town was founded to about 1950. If you have old photographs of Albuquerque and wish to donate them to Albuquerque Museum's Photo Archive, please call 505.243.7255.

Photo Archive produces exhibitions for the Museum and community. 

  • Images in Silver: Selections from the 50th Anniversary Collections Guide (2017)
  • Faithful Albuquerque: Twenty-five Churches (2016)
  • Chasing the Cure: Tuberculosis Came to Albuquerque (2015)
  • Vernacular Architecture of New Mexico: Photographs by Robert Christensen (2013)
  • A Passionate Light: Polaroids by H. Joe Waldrum (2011)
  • Time Exposures: A Photographic History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century (2009)
  • Brought to Light: A Great Depression Era Photographer’s Study of Albuquerque Business (2008)

Photo Archives are open by appointment only. Please call Albuquerque Museum at (505) 243-7255 for an appointment.

Bernalillo County Jail, C. 1910Rio Grande Boulevard and Central1980.070.002Gift of Phyliss Kirk

Bernalillo County Jail, C. 1910
Rio Grande Boulevard and Central
1980.070.002
Gift of Phyliss Kirk

 Santiago Street (Romero), C. 18801982.180.843Ward Hicks CollectionGift of John Airy

Santiago Street (Romero), C. 1880
1982.180.843
Ward Hicks Collection
Gift of John Airy

Guardhouse, Center of Plaza, C. 18801990.013.043Cobb Studio CollectionMuseum Purchase, 1989 General Obligation Bonds

Guardhouse, Center of Plaza, C. 1880
1990.013.043
Cobb Studio Collection
Museum Purchase, 1989 General Obligation Bonds

Romero Street, C. 18901890.031.001Gift of Denis Cummings

Romero Street, C. 1890
1890.031.001
Gift of Denis Cummings

Centennial Hotel, C. 1890Rio Grande Boulevard1981.160.001Gift of Roy Farmer

Centennial Hotel, C. 1890
Rio Grande Boulevard
1981.160.001
Gift of Roy Farmer

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Elaine de Kooning, 1920 - 1989
"Juarez" (detail), 1959, oil on canvas
Collection of Albuquerque Museum