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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Photographic Prints and Artwork, 1894-1996

Series 2: Manuscripts and Audio and Video Tapes, 1990s

Series 3: Exhibition Prints, Art and Maps, circa 1894-1990s

Series 4: Negatives, 1990s

Southern Methodist University

Craig Varjabedian collection of penitente morada photographs and related materials of New Mexico and Colorado, circa 1894-1995



Overview

Creator: Varjabedian, Craig 1957-
Title: Craig Varjabedian collection of penitente morada photographs and related materials of New Mexico and Colorado
Dates: circa 1894-1995
Abstract: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian of penitente moradas (meeting houses or chapels of the Hispanic Penitente Brotherhood, Los Hermanos de la Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno or Brotherhood of our Father Jesus of Nazareth) of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. This was part of the Morada Photographic Survey Project. Includes Varjabedian’s photographic prints, and negatives, posters, proofs, art work, manuscripts and printed materials collected by Varjabedian. Some photographs related to a book and exhibit entitled, En Divina Luz (In Divine Light). Parts of this collection may be restricted.
Identification: Ag1996.1134, Ag1996.1134x
Quantity: 21 boxes (20 linear feet)
Language: Most material is in English, some Spanish.
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Craig Varjabedian was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1957. His photographic career developed in the United States, where he has lived since the 1970s. He studied with Paul Caponigro in Santa Fe and received his BFA from the University of Michigan in 1979, and his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1989.

Varjabedian made photographs of moradas in New Mexico and southern Colorado for seven years resulting in a book and exhibition. Of Varjabedian’s work, noted photography historian Beaumont Newhall said, "The remarkable photographs by Craig Varjabedian are not only beautiful but also extremely valuable documents of architecture, culture, and lifestyle of Northern New Mexico. His work is extremely valuable from both artistic and historical viewpoints." Varjabedian’s photographs are in many museums throughout the country.

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Scope and Contents Note

The collection consists of 317 photographic prints, negatives, photograph albums, exhibition panels, artwork, books, manuscripts, video and audio tapes related to Varjabedian’s morada project. There is artwork by Charles Carrillo, a member of the Penitente Brotherhood, and taped interviews with Brothers conducted by Michael Wallis, who also wrote a text for the book En Divina Luz. Also included are transcripts of the interviews with the Brothers, as well as documents related to the In Divine Light exhibition, such as exhibition proposals, press releases, and brochures.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 4 series:
Series 1: Photographic Prints and Artwork, 1894-1996
Series 2: Manuscripts and Audio and Video Tapes, 1990s. RESTRICTED
Series 3: Exhibition Prints, Art and Maps, circa 1894-1990s
Series 4: Negatives, 1990s

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Collection has restrictions and parts are not available.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which DeGolyer Library assumes no responsibility.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
Varjabedian, Craig, 1957-
Carrillo, Charles M.
Subjects (Organizations)
Hermanos Penitentes
Subjects
Moradas – New Mexico
Moradas – Colorado
Hispanic American Catholics – New Mexico
Hispanic American Catholics – Colorado
Places
New Mexico – Religious life and customs
Colorado -- Religious life and customs
Document Types
Manuscripts for publication
Audiovisual materials
Negatives
Photographs

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Related Material

Penitentes Collection, Thomas R. Lyons and Margil A Lyons photographers, Ag1997.1140

Photographs of the Southwest by Laura Gilpin, Ag1982.0120

Postcards of New Mexico, Ag2000.1374

John K. Hillers photographs of Indian pueblos, Ag1982.0236x

Varjabedian, Craig, and Michael Wallis (1994). En divina luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, BX810.H57 D58 1994

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Craig Varjabedian collection of penitente morada photographs and related materials of New Mexico and Colorado.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1996.

Processing Information

The Penitente morada photographs were not originally all grouped by type and size. During processing, Anne Peterson arranged the photographs by series, similar size and mount and wrote the inventory. The photographs were transferred to acid-free folders and mylar sleeves. The manuscripts were also moved to acid-free storage boxes.

Processed by

Anne E. Peterson

Finding Aid by

Anne E. Peterson and Mariana von Hartenthal, 2017

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2018

Additions

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Photographic Prints and Artwork, 1894-1996

This series consists of 7 boxes with mounted and unmounted black and white photographic prints of the moradas and their surrounding landscape. There are also color Polaroid photographs of the moradas, as well as proof prints and mockups for the book En Divina Luz. The series also includes exhibit panels, and photographs of exhibit objects, and a box of related artwork.
Box
1 117 photographic prints of moradas and related subjects, 8 x 10-inches.
Box
2 73 photographic prints, 8 x 10-inch and 11 x 14-inch, numbered plates for En Divina Luz book organized into 7 folders.
Box
3 Original design pages for the En Divina Luz book, including 5 photographic prints. 16 pages of the En Divina Luz book, which include 11 original photographic prints, 8 x 10-inch and 11 x 14-inch.
Box
4 16 photographic prints, 8 x 10-inch, used for En Divina Luz video, some mounted on black mat
Box
5 1 album with 47 color Polaroids of moradas; 6 VHS tapes; 10 audio cassette tapes.
Box
6 6 mounted panels for the En Divina Luz exhibit with text only (no images).
Box
7 A box with retablo paintings and other artwork. “The Photographer,” retablo, paint on wood of Craig Varjabedian with camera by Charles M. Carrillo, 1 photograph of the retablo “Patterns of the Brotherhood,” 1993, paint on wood by Charles M. Carrillo, 2 photographs of Penitentes, circa 1915 by B.G. Randall, 1 child’s picture and a drawing in pen and ink of crosses.

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Series 2: Manuscripts and Audio and Video Tapes, 1990s

The majority of the Varjabedian collection is open for research use; however, series 2 is RESTRICTED. This series consists of 6 boxes of manuscripts about the project, as well as audio and video tapes. Documents are arranged in alphabetical order in boxes. Box 14 contains transcriptions of interviews with Brothers. Box 13 has 23 audio cassette tapes recording interviews conducted by Michael Wallis with members of the Brotherhood, and presentations about the Moradas project by Varjabedian. There are also 2 video tapes (VHS) related to the project.
Box
8 Manuscripts, folders, A to L
Box
9 Manuscripts, folders, L to Z
Box
10 Book proposals, letters of support, brochures, and lectures
Box
11 Manuscripts related to the En Divina Luz, In Divine Light book and national and community exhibits
Box
12 Binders with manuscripts about the moradas; documents about the project; the final design for the book, and transcripts of interviews with hermanos conducted by Michael Wallis. One copy of the En Divina Luz: In Divine Light book, bound documents about the project, and one collection of Alabados y oraciones (Prayers and Orations) translated into English.
Box
13 2 VHS tapes and 23 audio cassette tapes.

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Series 3: Exhibition Prints, Art and Maps, circa 1894-1990s

This series is comprised of 6 boxes of large matted photographic prints used in the En Divina Luz exhibit. Box 6 contains maps of New Mexico, texts about the Brotherhood, as well as printers’ proofs of the book En Divina Luz.
Box
1x 12 mounted photographic prints, 8 x 10-inches
Box
2x 10 mounted photographic prints, approximately 9 x 13-inches
Box
3x 21 mounted photographic prints, approximately 13 x 18-inches
Box
4x 8 mounted photographic prints, approximately 13 x 18-inches
Box
5x En Divina Luz exhibition text panels (no photographic prints)
Box
6x Bound book of New Mexico maps. “Holy Week with the Penitentes.” Harper’s Weekly, 38, (May 26, 1894): 489-490. Printer proofs of the book En Divina Luz

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Series 4: Negatives, 1990s

This series consists of 2 boxes with film negatives of moradas and related subjects.
Box
1 108 film negatives, 5 x 7-inches
Box
2 43 film negatives, 8 x 10-inches

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