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Louis C. Bustamante Family photographs circa 1890-1961 (bulk 1920-1949)

MS 595

Collection Summary

Creator: Bustamante family
Collection NameLouis C. Bustamante Family photographs
Inclusive Dates: circa 1890-1961
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1920-1949)
Physical Description:1.25 linear feet
AbstractPhotographs of the Bustamante family and friends' activities in Tucson, mainly from the 1920s to the 1940s, including both studio portraits andcasual scenes of everyday life. Louis worked for a local photography studio and the collection is a mix of images that may be professional such as parade floats, workers and wagons, along with images that may be personal including children and young people, and picnics and family parties.
Collection NumberMS 595
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Louis was born in Tucson, Arizona to Louis C. Bustamante, Sr. and Mary Rodriguez Bustamante in 1913. The elder Bustamante worked for the Ronstadt Hardware Company. Louis attended the University of Arizona and was a photographer for La Nopalera Studio beginning in 1935. He married Carole Codiroli about 1937 and they had four children: John, Fred, Carole, and Mary. He went to work for the Ronstadt Hardware Company about 1955 and later was purchasing agent for Pima County until his retirement in 1988. He died on July 18, 1995.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs and a photograph album of the Louis C. Bustamante family dating from the 1890s to 1961. The images include formal portraits and informal scenes of their family and friends. Most images are not identified but the album appears to belong to Louis Bustamante, Sr. and his wife, Mary, and the images were taken between the 1900s and 1920s. These include portraits, several posed in a studio on a crescent moon prop, wedding couples, one of U. S. Navy sailors on ship, men playing cards, and a large group of F. Ronstadt Company employees.

There are photographs of horse-drawn wagons and workers, the interior of a hardware store, a man with an infant in a backyard filled with a bed, bicycle and other items, and actors in a scene at a bar and an outdoor scene. Early photographs include one, taken in 1918, of three small girls, Carolina Codrioli, Dora Sloan, and Alexandria Diamos, posed with a goat pulling a small cart. There are also images, of Louis, Jr. on a pony, from about ages 3 to 8. Some picnic or party scenes include someone with a guitar, circa 1940s to 1950s.

Some downtown Tucson scenes include a "snapped on the street" image of a man walking downtown, people outside of businesses including the Palace Cafe, Tucson Ice and Cold Storage, and one that may be La Nopalera Studio. One series shows parade floats from about 1920 including a Tucson Rifle Club float, "patriot nurses" float, and a float with lots of flags. Rodeo parade scenes, circa 1930s, also show the White House Department store in the background.


This collection is organized into two series.
Series I: Photographs, circa 1890s-1961
Series II: Photograph album, circa 1900-1929



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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Bustamante family -- Photographs.
Bustamante, Louis Corella, 1913-1995.
Codrioli, Carolina -- Photographs.
Diamos, Alexandria -- Photographs.
Sloan, Dora -- Photographs.

Corporate Name(s)
Buehman Studio (Tucson, Ariz.)--Photographer.
F. Ronstadt Co. -- Photographs.
La Nopalera Studio (Tucson, Ariz.)--Photographer.
Model Photo Gallery (Tucson, Ariz.)--Photographer.

Geographic Name(s)
Downtown (Tucson, Ariz.) -- Photographs.
Tucson (Ariz.) -- Photographs.

Actors and actresses -- Photographs.
Mexican Americans -- Arizona -- Tucson -- Photographs.
Mexican Americans -- Families -- Photographs.
Parade floats--Arizona--Tucson--Photographs.
Photographers -- Arizona -- Tucson.
Wagons -- Photographs.

Genre Form(s)
Cabinet photographs
Photograph albums
Photographic post cards

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Louis C. Bustamante Family photographs (MS 595). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

Processed by Kim Frontz.

Container List

Series I: Photographs, circa 1890s-1961
This series is arranged topically.
11 Portraits, circa 1890-1920s
12 Portraits, circa 1930s-1950s
13 Portraits with studio props, circa 1940s
14 Family groups, circa 1910-1940s
15 Children, circa 1918-1950s
16 People and downtown Tucson, circa 1920s-1950s
17 People, homes and automobiles, undated
18 F. Ronstadt Company employees, circa 1910s, 1950s
19 Tucson (Ariz.) community events, circa 1930s-1950s
La Nopalera studio,photographer
110 Rural life, circa 1930s
111 Parades, 1910s-1920s, circa World War I
112 Rodeo Parade, circa 1930s
113 Travel, undated
114 Family snapshots, loose from album, 1961
Series II: Photograph album, circa 1900s-1920s
2 Album, circa 1900s-1920s
Images include portraits, some on crescent moon props, sailors on a ship, a man in a backyard with an infant, workers with horse-drawn wagons, men in automobiles, actors in scenes, men playing cards, and family groups.