Hugo Brehme photographs of Mexico

Finding aid prepared by Carlota Ramirez, 2017.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Fax: 951-827-4673
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Hugo Brehme photographs of Mexico
Date (inclusive): circa early 20th century
Collection Number: MS 019
Creator: Brehme, Hugo
Extent: 0.50 Linear Feet (2 photograph albums)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: This collection contains photographs of various people and landscapes of Mexico taken by Hugo Brehme, a German-born photographer that moved to Mexico in 1905.
Languages: The collection includes some captions in Spanish.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. Hugo Brehme photographs of Mexico, (MS 019). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Processing History

Processed by Carlota Ramirez, 2017.
Processing of the Hugo Brehme photographs of Mexico was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Biographical Note

Hugo Brehme was a German photographer, considered to be one of the founders of Mexican pictorialist photography. After traveling to Mexico in 1905, he began photographing the Mexican Revolution, and after the Revolution turned to capturing the Mexican landscape and its people. He created tourist postcards for a living using his photographs, and published several photograph collections that became internationally known in the 1920s and 1930s.

Collection Scope and Contents

The collection consist of photographic postcards, photographs, and negatives of various people and landscapes of early 19th century Mexico taken by Hugo Brehme, a German-born photographer that moved to Mexico in 1905. Photographs in the collection include depictions of buildings, monuments, wildlife, ancient ruins, pueblos, and cities, along with photographs of Mexican people in their daily life.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Brehme, Hugo
Mexico -- History -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms of Materials

Photographic postcards.