Consisting of approximately 27,000 objects and images, the History Collection interprets the history of the central Rio Grande Valley and the Greater Albuquerque area. Its core collection of approximately 1000 objects was assembled by the Albuquerque Historical Society (AHS) between the 1940s and 1967, which they donated to the City of Albuquerque. The AHS Collection includes Native American, Hispanic and Anglo-American artifacts connected to families significant to the history of the city, including household furnishings, clothing, and personal artifacts. The collections have been enhanced by donations and purchases of materials significant to the general interpretation of the area including Navajo and Pueblo blankets, and 19th-century farm and ranch gear, carpentry tools, and historic building components and hardware. The collection also includes archaeological materials from Tonque Pueblo and other sites in the middle Rio Grande Valley collected by the Albuquerque Archaeological Society and Albuquerque High School in the mid-20th century, and pottery from the Mimbres Valley and Four Corners regions. The History Collection also includes major purchases made during an initiative to acquire artifacts for the Museum’s long-term history exhibit, including early European maps of New Spain and significant examples of Rio Grande metalwork, weaving, and pottery. The collection of Colonial Period European armor is considered one of the top five of its kind in the United States. Especially significant are collections that document the founding of Albuquerque which are unique to the Museum, including 18th-century documents written by the 10th Duke of Alburquerque, Spain and Viceroy of New Spain, and a 17th-century repostero (tapestry) donated to the City of Albuquerque by the 18th Duke in 1956.

The History Collection also includes approximately 1,426 examples of architectural elements, furniture, religious art, household tools and hardware, jewelry, Hispanic and Pueblo weavings and pottery, a transportation collection and historic photographs from the Ward Alan and Shirley Jolly Minge Collection at Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez/Minge House in Corrales, NM. The Minge Collection is considered one of the best collections of 18th-19th century New Mexican artifacts in the country, and is one of only four collections in the state exhibited within the context of a period historic property. Also part of the History Collection, the Photoarchives include approximately 123,000 images and ephemera documenting the central Rio Grande Valley and City of Albuquerque from 1860 to the present.

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Image:  De-Luxe Ear, Nose and Throat Machine, 1930 Sorenson Co., New York Metal, glass, rubber, wire Gift of Dr. Theodore Sadock, PC1987.49.1