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Mexican Revolution photographs
MS 026  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mexican Revolution photographs
    Date (inclusive): circa 1910-1920
    Collection Number: MS 026
    Extent: 3.42 linear feet (4 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: The collection contains black and white photographs taken during the Mexican Revolution in the early 20th century. Photographs in the collection cover various locations, battles, soldiers, and important figures such as Álvaro Obregón, Francisco Madero, Pancho Villa and Pascual Orozco.
    Languages: The collection is in Spanish and English.


    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Mexican Revolution photographs (MS 026). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased in 1987.

    Processing History

    Processed by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant, 2017.
    Processing of the Mexican Revolution photographs 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.

    Historical Note

    The Mexican Revolution, which took place from 1910-1920, was a national upheaval of power often considered one of the most important events in Mexican history.
    Revolution broke out first in 1910, after President Porfirio Díaz was unable to solve the issue of presidential succession. This led to armed conflict, which spread from wealthy landowners to the middle class and organized labor, turning into a national revolution. While Díaz was ousted from power in 1911, the conflicts continued throughout the decade as revolutionary forces split into factions and struggled for power.
    This struggle for reform eventually led to the creation of the Mexican Constitution of 1917, which established Mexico as a Constitutional Republic and was the first document of its kind to include social rights.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    The collection contains over 300 black and white photographs related to the Mexican Revolution, includings photos of Mexican and American soldiers, military leaders, various battles, and photographs of the devastation caused by the revolution. Photographs also include portraits of important revolutionary figures including Álvaro Obregón, Francisco Madero, Pancho Villa and Pasucal Orozco.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged alphabetically by topic.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Fabela, Isidro, 1882-1964
    Madero, Francisco I., 1873-1913
    Obregón, Álvaro, 1880-1928
    Orozco, Pascual, 1882-1915
    Villa, Pancho, 1878-1923
    Mexico -- History -- Revolution, 1910-1920
    Mexico -- History, military
    Revolutions -- Latin America

    Genres and Forms of Materials