Mexico: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints, DeGolyer Library
About the Collection
DeGolyer Library digital collections are part of CUL Digital Collections, which contain thousands of digitized photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art held by SMU's Central University Libraries special collections.
This digital collection contains many items related to the Mexican Revolution. For example, you will find 20 photographs of Cananea, Mexico, located just across the Arizona border showing striking miners, men with guns, demonstrations, the mine site, and American personnel. Included are views of Colonel William C. Greene of Greene Consolidated Copper Company addressing strikers, June 3, 1906. The conflict is considered the beginnings of the Mexican Revolution.
The collection also contains 43 photographic prints of the Mexican Revolution from an album by Manuel Ramos (1874-1945) illustrating damage in Mexico City during the February, 1913 uprising, also called La decena tragica ("the Ten Tragic Days") against President Francisco I. Madero (1873-1913). Included are views of the Arsenal, the destruction of President Madero's house, ruins of buildings, and Madero's funeral. Other views include Felix Diaz (1868 - 1945) and colleagues, General Victoriano Huerta (1854-1916) and cabinet, dead bodies, and fighting in Mexico City.
The set of 16 mounted photographs from the Mexican troops, Cinco de Mayo, 1902, collection shows Porfirio Diaz (1830-1915), president of Mexico, reviewing troops. The series is believed to been taken on Cinco de Mayo, 1902, the 40th anniversary of the battle of Puebla after which the Cinco de Mayo celebration was named. The photographs were probably taken in front of Lecumberri prison in Mexico City.
The Destruction of New Laredo Mexico April 24, 1914 album contains 8 photographs of municipal buildings in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, that were destroyed in 1914 during the Mexican Revolution as Federal forces abandoned the city.
There are dozens of postcards and photographs from the American border troops and the Mexican Revolution and the Collection of Walter H. Horne photographs, depicting stark scenes that took place, as well as Pancho Villa, Antonio Franco, Conrado H. Antuna, and more.
This digital collection contains hundreds of items on oil exploration and development in Mexico from the early 20th century. The related DeGolyer Library: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints digital collection also includes dozens of photographs, maps, and documents relating to Mexican petroleum development from the Everette Lee DeGolyer, Sr. papers.
Holdings and Highlights
There are many photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and paintings of historic Mexico, including:
- Agustin de Iturbide papers, 1822-1824
- Albert L. Beach photographs of Texas and Mexico
- Album Artistico, consisting of handwritten biographies of 18th and 19th century artists in Puebla, Mexico
- Album Mexicano, with lithographs by Casimiro Castro, A. Gallice, M. Mohar
- Album, Mexican Revolution by Manuel Ramos
- Album, Mexico, 1905-1909
- Album pintoresco de la Republica Mexicana, 1850
- Album, Views of Mexico by Hickman & Todd
- Amateur stereos of Louisiana, Texas and Mexico, ca. 1895-1905, containing 24 views of Mexico
- American border troops and the Mexican Revolution
- Army Portfolio No. 1, 1845, comprising 5 lithographic prints depicting Corpus Christi, Texas, and Monterey, Mexico during the Mexican War.
- Baldwin Locomotive Works: foreign locomotive photographs, 14 photographs of the Mapimi Railroad, ca. 1899-1909
- Biblioteca del niño mexicano series of childrens' books illustrated by Jose Guadalupe Posada
- Biografia del General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
- Brehme photographs of Mexico
- Cananea, Mexico
- Collection of early postcards of Mexico
- Collection of Mexico documents, 1722-1855
- Collection of Walter H. Horne Photographs
- Documents and records, including from Philip V, King of Spain and Maximilian I
- Destruction of New Laredo Mexico April 24, 1914
- Fundicion de Sinaloa, Mazatlan
- Giesecke family collection of photographs and panoramas of Mexico
- Inaugural celebration of the Mexico, Cuernavaca & Pacific Railway
- Lantern slides of Mexico, California and Colorado by William Henry Jackson
- Manifiesto documentado sobre la conducta publica y privada del Doctor José María Guerra, arcediano de la Santa Iglesia Catedral de Yucatan. Se da al público con el motivo que en él se espresa, 1832, by Pedro Marcial Guerra y Rodríguez Correa and published by Martin Rivera.
- Manning Texas and Mexico collection
- Mexican broadsides illustrated by Jose Guadalupe Posada
- Mexican Mining & Smelting Company
- Mexican portraits on Ivory
- Mexican Railroads, an album containing 25 photographs by Abel Briquet, ca. 1875-1890, showing depots, towns, and geographical highlights, such as the Pico de Orizabo volcano, along the way on the Ferrocarril Mexicano (Mexican Railway) from Veracruz to Mexico City.
- Mexican troops, Cinco de Mayo, 1902
- Mexico by Charles Burlingame Waite
- Minas del Compromiso de Vetagrande records, 1788-1809
- Mining in Mexico
- Monterrey, Mexico
- O la Inquisición se pone, ó la religión se acaba, 1822, published by José Maria Ramos Palomera.
- Photographs of Mexico by Lorzeno Becerril
- Old Mexico, 1897, a tourist album containing 175 photographs, many by Mayo & Weed, collected by F. M. White. Included are photographs of cities, towns, volcanos, markets, cathedrals, bull fights, trains, South American Indian ruins, cathedrals, a coffee plantation, American tourists, and Mexican people. Among the locations included are Tampico, San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Puebla, Zacatecas, Queretaro, Tlaxcala, Cholula, and others.
- Oil fields in Mexico, an album entitled "Photographs: Mexico I" containing 180 photographs of oil fields and camps owned by the Mexican Petroleum Company and the Huestaco Oil Company. Depicted are Ebano, Casiano, and Cerro Azul, along with Pearson's Potrero and Dos Bocas wells. Also included are views of oil company executives and employees, asphalt production, the countryside, rivers, and Mexico City. Both the complete album and the individual photographs in high resolution are available.
- Piadoso devocionario en honor del sagrado corazon de Jesús dispuesto por un religioso de la compañia de Jesús de Mexico, para utilidad de los devotos congregantes de la pia union, 1819, published by D. Alejandro Valdes.
- Recuerdo de un Viaje al Ystmo de Tehuantepec (Memento of a Journey to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec)
- Scenes in Mexico by Abel Briquet
- Stereos of Mexico
- Thayer-Nagle Album of Scenes in Mexico, containing 50 views of tourist interest along the Ferrocarril Mexicano (Mexican Railroad) in Orizaba, San Marcos, Tlapacoya, Castillo de Chapultepec, Amecameca, Mexico City and Veracruz including tracks, bridges, mountains, tunnels, cathedrals and the Museo de Nacional de Mexico. Also included is a photomontage depicting the execution of Emperor Maximilian and two of his generals at Santiago de Queretaro on June 19, 1867, by Adrian Cordiglia.
- Texas and Mexican views by Thomas J. Cockrell
- Texas oath of allegiance to Empire of Mexico, 1822
- Thomas Hudson Thatcher collection of Mexico and Texas photographs by Winfield Scott
- Tourists in Mexico and Old Mexico, 1897 by Mayo & Weed;
- Views in Mexico by Abel Briquet
- Views of Mexico by William Henry Jackson
Mexico: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints is one of a family of digital collections from the DeGolyer Library that focuses on Texas, the U.S. West, Mexico, and Latin America.
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