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Guide to 1888 Mexico Photo Album

MSH/LAT 0083


Collection Summary

Title: 1888 Mexico photo album
Dates: 1888
Collection No.: MSH/LAT 0083
Extent: 1 bound volume.
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: A large photo album containing panoramic views of Mexican cities and towns as well as photographs of major monuments and tourist sites in Mexico City. The album also illustrates the growth of the Mexican National Railroad, including images of locomotives and railroad tunnels and bridges. Photos date to the late nineteenth century and many can be attributed to known photographers or studios, including William Henry Jackson, Gove and North, and Abel Briquet.

Selected Search Terms

Mexico--Description and travel
Mexico City (Mexico)--Description and travel
Photograph albums
Mexico--Social life and customs
Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942
Briquet, Abel

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: 1888 Mexico photo album, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The 1888 Mexico photo album was purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2012, from Margolis and Moss in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Arranged and described 2016, by Erika Hosselkus. Finding aid 2016, by Erika Hosselkus.

Biographical Note

The compiler of this photo album is unknown, though one of the flyleaves bears the name, "G. Murphy," in black ink.

Scope and Content Note

The 1888 Mexican photo album is an oblong, quarto volume measuring 11 x 14 in., bound in lightly-rubbed brown, calf-covered boards with the title, "Mexico 1888," stamped in gilt on the front. The spine also bears gilt design and the title, "Mexico 1888." The album contains a collection of 48 mounted albumen photographs, each measuring 8 1/2 x 11 in. The photos were produced by commercial vendors including William Henry Jackson (30 photos), Gove and North (11 photos), and Abel Briquet (4 photos). Some have printed text in the plate. The images are affixed to stiff off-white cardboard sheets.

The photographs depict tourist sites in and around Mexico City as well as street scenes and panoramic views of towns and natural features in and beyond central Mexico. Specific images include the Mexico City cathedral, the Plaza de Armas, the Paseo de la Reforma, the Castillo de Chapultepec, views of the volcanoes Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl, and panoramas of Puebla and Guanajuato, among others. Photos of the Aztec Sun Stone, the Tizoc Stone, and the Coatlicue sculpture complement streetscapes and landscapes. The development of the Mexican National Railroad is another theme of the album. Images include locomotives and highlight the construction of impressive tunnels and bridges in locations such as the Tajo de Nochistongo, the Barranca de Metlac, and the Barranca de Infiernillo.

Container List

  • 1888 Mexico photo album, 1888. (MSH/LAT 0083-1-B).