I love old photos, whether they are portraits of my ancestors or historical photos for the period when they lived. And it is important to a complete research that one attempts to understand the environment that surrounds our ancestors' lives if one wants to truly appreciate what they went through.
So where can they be found? Obviously the best resource is our own photo albums and those that our relatives possess. But what about other resources? Many archives, historical societies, libraries and genealogical societies have collections of old photos. And in the past few years there has been a massive movement towards making these historical photo collections available online. Some have search capabilities where you can actually put in a surname or a location, name of a building or historical event and find what is available.
For the state of New Mexico, what collections are available for you to browse and/or search online? Here is a list of sites to start with. Please feel free to add in the comments other online resources that you might be aware of in the state.
Please be aware that there may be very strict rules regarding downloading or other use of the images that you may find. Copyright and other legal protections may be in force. Make sure that you read the limitations of use for any image that you find in these collections and wish to download and/or copy. It is your responsibility to adhere to the rules for all of these collections.
Please note that links to these sites may change in the future. The author (me) will not be constantly checking and updating these links, so if you find a broken link, please use your favorite search engine to locate the new link.
(Updated May, 2019; recently added links are in BOLD)
- Albuquerque Historical Postcards
- Albuquerque Museum Photo Archives
- Chaco Research Archive Image Gallery
- City of Las Vegas - Rough Rider Museum - Las Vegas
- Dawson, New Mexico Photographs
- Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information - New Mexico Photos
- Farmington History Photos
- Farmington Museum Photos
- Indians and Pueblos of New Mexico
- Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
- Lincoln National Forest Historic Photos
- Menaul Historical Library of the Southwest - Albuquerque
- National Archives - Digital Photograph Collections
- National Museum of Nuclear Science & History - Albuquerque
- New Mexico Digital Collections - numerous photograph sub-collections
- New Mexico Highlands University Photo Exhibits
- New Mexico Historic Sites
- New Mexico Past Images
- New Mexico Penny Postcards
- New Mexico Postcards
- New Mexico State University Archives Photographic Collections
- Old New Mexico Images
- Palace of the Governors Photo Archives
- Rocky Mountain Online Archive
- Silver City Museum - Silver City
- Smithsonian Images
- Southeastern New Mexico Historical Society Photo Collection
For historic photos from other states as well as articles about photo research, please visit the Photos page.
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!