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German Residents in Mexico Photographic Album

 Collection — Box: 2022-008
Identifier: 2022-008

Scope and Contents

This collection is a photo album of 26 card stock leaves containing 197 mounted gelatin silver photographs from approximately the 1910s depicting daily life of German residents in Mexico City, Mexico. Photographs are mostly uncaptioned, except for 2 captioned in the German language, and measure approximately 3¼” x 4½”. The images feature shops and markets, families partaking in various forms of recreation, and some national landmarks such as the National Palace and Basilica de Guadalupe. Three photographs capture the destruction of buildings after the Ten Tragic Days of the Mexican Revolution. One photograph displaying a Jewish star on a pillar indicates that German Jews were among the residents who settled in Mexico City.


  • circa 1910s

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Biographical / Historical

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries Mexico went through a period of economic development and governmental restructuring followed by the Mexican Revolution. This time, known as the Porfiriato (so-named when General Porfirio Díaz ruled as president), saw the country going through many transitional periods. President Díaz’s long term saw the country expand its agricultural economy by encouraging European immigrants to settle in the central and southern regions. With an influx of residents in Mexico, other industries and imports expanded to support a growing economy.

The Mexican Revolution was a series of armed regional conflicts from approximately 1910-1920. The bombardment, prison rebellions, and uprisings that occurred in Mexico City in February 1913 became known as the Ten Tragic Days. The city saw destruction of public and private buildings.


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Language of Materials


Guide to German Residents in Mexico Photographic Album
August 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266