Agustín Victor Casasola photograph collection
Finding aid prepared by Julianna Gil, 2017.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Title: Agustín Victor Casasola photograph collection
Date (inclusive): circa 1880-1976
Collection Number: MS 029
Casasola, Agustín Víctor, 1874-1938
1.5 Linear Feet
(6 photograph albums)
Rivera Library. Special Collections
Abstract: The collection consists of photographs
from the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) taken by Agustín Victor Casasola, a Mexican
photographer and co-founder of the Mexican Association of Press Photographers. Photographs
in the collection include depictions of daily life in Mexico, and Mexican presidents in
the early 20th century. In addition to photographs taken by Casasola, there are additional
photographs on Mexico and its politics taken by Casasola's sons after his death in
Languages: The collection is primarily in Spanish.
The collection is open for research.
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[identification of item], [date if possible]. Agustín Victor Casasola photograph collection
(MS 029). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California,
Purchased from Dorothy Sloan Books, 1992.
Processed by Julianna Gil, 2017.
Processing of the Augstín Victor Casasola photograph collection 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
Agustín Victor Casasola was born in Mexico City, Mexico on July 28, 1874. He began working
at a young age as a typographer for a newspaper, which led him to become a reporter for
various newspapers. He also began working as a photojournalist, documenting both sides of
the conflict during the Mexican revolution that broke out in 1910.
In 1912, Casasola started the first Mexican news agency, the Agencia Fotográfica Mexicana.
Within the year, the agency expanded and was renamed Agencia Mexicana de Información
Fotográfica. Casasola was also one of the founders of the Asociación Mexicana de Fotógrafos
de Prensa (Mexican Association of Press Photographers).
Casasola also cared deeply about preserving the history of Mexico, founding the Casasola
Archive in 1900 with his brother Miguel Casasola to preserve their photography documenting
all aspects of life in Mexico. The archive was continued by Casasola’s sons through the
1970s before being acquired by the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History.
Agustín Victor Casasola passed away on March 30, 1938, in Mexico City.
Collection Scope and Contents
The collection consists of photographs from the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) taken by
Agustín Victor Casasola, a Mexican photographer and co-founder of the Mexican Association of
Press Photographers. Photographs in the collection also include depictions of daily life in
Mexico, and Mexican presidents in the early 20th century. In addition to photographs taken
by Casasola, there are additional photographs on Mexico and its politics taken by Casasola's
sons after his death in 1938.
Notable figures and events featured in the collection include Porfirio Díaz, Luis
Echeverría Álvarez, Francisco "Pancho" Villa, the Ten Tragic Days, and the Occupation of
The collection is arranged topically.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Carranza, Venustiano, 1859-1920
Casasola, Agustín Víctor, 1874-1938
Díaz, Porfirio, 1830-1915
Echeverría, Luis, 1922-
Mexico -- History -- Decena Trágica, 1913.
Presidents -- Mexico.
Villa, Pancho, 1878-1923
Genres and Forms of Materials
Presidents (Porfirio Diaz - Luis Echeverria)
Government, Politicians, and Officials
Civilians and Portraits
Crowds, Locations, and Documents
Revolution, Deaths, and Funerals