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Mrs. A. S. Addis Photograph Collection 1875-1890

MS 486

Collection Summary

Creator: Addis, Sara Short
Collection Name: Mrs. A. S. Addis Photograph Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1875-1890
Physical Description:.75 linear feet
Abstract:Thirteen photographs, ca. 1875-1890, primarily of scenes in Chihuahua, Mexico. Most are images of Serrano and Tarahumara Indians particularly women and domestic work. There is also one image of prospectors on Phoenix street, dated 1887.
Collection Number:MS 486
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collection
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Sarah Short’s father, Thomas Short, owned a photography studio in Kansas. She married one of his photography assistants, Alfred Shea Addis, about 1855. Alfred opened a photography studio in Kansas; then went to Chihuahua, Mexico during the Civil War. They later moved to southern California, then his photography work took him to New Mexico, Nevada, and Tucson, Arizona. About 1879, Addis operated a photography studio in Tucson and was a Territorial Marshal. He was in New Mexico in 1880s; in Las Cruces, Silver City from 1881 to 1882, and Lake Valley in 1882. Alfred died in 1886 and it appears that Sarah carried on the business. The photographs in this collection are imprinted with “ Mrs. S. A. Addis, Chihuahua, Mexico” and while most are undated, some are dated 1887.

Scope and Content Note

Thirteen cabinet card photographs, ca. 1875-1890, some of which were taken by Sarah Short Addis, widow of photographer, A. S. Addis and others which may have been taken by him and reprinted by her. The photographs are primarily of scenes in Chihuahua, Mexico. Most are images of Tarahumara Indians particularly women cooking outdoors, washing clothes, making tortillas, and at the market. There are also images of matadors, dwarfs; Serrano Indians of southern California, and one photograph of American miners or prospectors in Phoenix, dated 1887, showing a street scene with three men, with pack mules and a dog, outside the French Restaurant.


This Collection is organized into one series.
Series I: Photographs 1875-1890



There are no restrictions on this collection


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Personal Name(s)
Addis, Alfred Shea, 1832-1886

Geographic Name(s)
Chihuahua (Mexico : State) – Photographs
Phoenix (Ariz.) – Photographs – 19th century

Bullfighters – Mexico – Photographs
Miners -- Arizona -- Photographs
Photographers -- Arizona
Serrano Indians -- Photographs
Tarahumara Indians – Photographs

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Mrs. A.S. Addis Photograph collection(MS 486). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Photographs 1875-1890
11 Phoenix, Ariz street scene
12 Tarahumara and Serrano Indians
13 Chihuahua, Mexico buildings and people