Keith Portrait Negatives Available to the Public

The Marfa and Presidio County Museum is making available portrait negatives taken by the Keiths.  These portraits include military personnel stationed in Marfa, local residents, weddings and other events.  The collection includes subjects from Marfa, Presidio, Alpine, Ft. Davis, Valentine, Van Horn and other areas.  The collection contained in the museum consists of over 25,000 negatives stored in over 5800 envelopes and boxes.

The museum is offering to scan the original portrait negatives for the portrait subject or a family member for a small fee. There is an inventory on the museum website where you can find the names of those subjects whose portraits were taken.  To access the inventory go into the website and select “collections” located at the top right of the home page.  Once in the collections page, select “The Keith Archive” and once this page is opened, select “To learn more, access our Keith Archive Inventory”.  This will open the Excel spreadsheet with an alphabetical listing of the inventory.  You are encouraged to scroll through the entire inventory as some names may be under maiden names, or listed under “wedding” and not named, or more than one name will be on a line.  If you are interested contact the museum at 432-729-7000 or by email,   When you contact the museum, please provide the negative location information.