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Slack, M. James, 1894-1951



  • Existence: 1894 - 1951


M. James Slack (1894-1951) of Denver, Colorado, attended Denver public schools and Manual Training Technical High School before studying art, architecture, and design at the Denver Atelier under architect Burnham Hoyt. He worked as a draftsman for Robert K. Fuller until 1934, when he was hired as a staff photographer on the Historic American Buildings Survey, a project established by the United States National Park Service during the Great Depression. Slack was involved in the work documenting the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, specifically.

In 1937, he married Rosamond F. Slack (1910-1989), with whom he had one child. The family lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the 1940s, and ran the El Rio Lindo Curio Shop. In 1950, James Slack was appointed Curator of the grounds and new museum at Fort Garland, Colorado. Following his death from heart disease, Rosamond Slack was appointed Curator (a position she held until she remarried in 1954).

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

M. James Slack papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-4440

Artwork, photographs, and other papers created by M. James Slack and collected by John R. Beeder, circa 1882-2007. A portion of the material relates to Slack's work documenting Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1934.

Included in the collection are Slack's diary for 1937, correspondence (primarily to Rosamond F. Slack as Curator at Fort Garland), and newspaper clippings (primarily relating to Fort Garland).

Dates: circa 1882-2007