Mexican Revolution photographs

Finding aid prepared by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
Phone: 951-827-3233
Fax: 951-827-4673
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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

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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


Box 1, Folder 1

Acámbaro circa 1919-1939

Box 1, Folder 2

Álvaro Obregón circa 1910-1919

Box 1, Folder 3

Battle of Carrizal circa 1916

Box 1, Folder 4

Battle of Columbus (Villa Raid) circa 1916

Box 1, Folder 5

Battle Ciudad Juárez circa 1910-1930

Box 1, Folder 6

Camp Taft soldiers circa 1910-1919

Box 1, Folder 7, Box 3, Folder 1

Civilians and villagers circa 1910-1919

Box 1, Folder 8

Coatzacoalcos circa 1910-1930

Box 1, Folder 9

Execution squad & deaths circa 1913

Box 1, Folder 10, Box 3, Folder 4

General and lieutenants circa 1910-1919

Box 1, Folder 11, Box 3, Folder 2

Group photos - Generals and troops circa 1910-1919

Box 2, Folder 1

Illustrations of the Mexican Revolution circa 1910-1919

Box 3, Folder 5

Isidro Fabela circa 1910-1919

Box 2, Folder 2, Box 3, Folder 3

Mexican horsemen circa 1910-1919

Box 2, Folders 3-4

Mexican troops circa 1910-1919

Box 2, Folder 5

Native Mexican troops circa 1910-1919

Box 2, Folder 6

Puerto Wilches circa 1910-1930

Box 4, Item 1

Photo album - Military parade circa 1910-1919

Box 2, Folder 7

Scenery and buildings circa 1910-1919

Box 2, Folder 8

"Ten Tragic Days" - Mexico City circa 1913

Box 2, Folder 9

United States troops circa 1910-1919

Box 2, Folder 10

Zapatas and Zapatistas circa 1910-1919