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Mexico: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints

DeGolyer Library

About the Collection

Las tortilleras from Album pintoresco de la Republica Mexicana, 1850


Mexico: Photographs, Manuscripts, and Imprints provides a sample of the photographs, images, albums, books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and more, relating to Mexico held by SMU's DeGolyer Library.

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.  

Collection Materials

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.

President Madero's coffin being placed in funeral car, Mexico City, 1913, by Manuel Ramos

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 Porfirio Diaz and 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.

[Potrero del Llano No. 4 being drilled], 1910

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:

Digital Collections Guidelines and Procedures

Items in Central University Library Digital Collections are digitized following the SMU Central University Libraries Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the nCDS Digital Collections: Filenaming, Workflow, and Metadata Guidelines, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.


Copyright usage terms vary throughout the collection. Each item contains information about usage terms. If SMU does not have the right to publish the item on the Internet, only the item's metadata will be available and the digitized object will be available on a restricted access basis. Such items may only be viewed on campus. When items are available for use, please cite DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting

Contact Info

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