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John Santangelo Image Collection

Identifier: 1994-010

Content Description

The John Santangelo Image Collection is comprised of 2,041 images including a small number of western themed photographs collected by John Santagelo. The majority of the collection is copy photographs used in Real West Magazine. The Collection was used as a reference tool by the National Cowboy Museum’s curatorial staff until 1998 when it was moved into the Research Center. The subject matter of the images ranges from cityscapes to death portraits.

Note to Researcher: Researchers should be advised this collection contains many images of post mortem people in various stages of decay.


  • 1900 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

The John Santangelo Image Collection has no restrictions and is available for research. If you are interested in researching the materials, please contact the Dickinson Research Center to make an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The John Santangelo Image Collection is the property of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Materials, even if owned by the NCWHM, may be protected under third party copyright. It is the patron’s responsibility to research and secure any such additional copyright and pay any required fees or royalties. It is not the intention of the NCWHM to impede upon any third party rights, and the NCWHM cannot be held responsible if the patron is involved in legal action due to violation of third party copyright claims.

Biographical / Historical

John Santangelo lived in New Haven, Connecticut, and collected images used in Real West Magazine. The magazine began in 1957 and was discontinued in 1988 after a run of 221 regular monthly issues and 45 special issues. Real West featured stories by many well-known western authors as well as regular columns and other short features.


1.83 Linear Feet

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The container list in this finding aid only lists the original images in the John Santangelo Image collection. Descriptions of the copy photographs in the collection can be viewed on the image database.

Processing Information

This collection was gifted to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1994 by John Santangelo.

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Repository Details

Part of the NCWHM Special Collections at Dickinson Research Center Repository

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