Sabino Osuna Papers

Located in: Special Collections & University Archives

This collection documents the Mexican Revolution through the glass plate negatives, photographs, and lantern slides taken by photographer Sabino Osuna.

Very little is known about Osuna’s life, but he appears to have had a career as a commercial photographer in Mexico City, specializing in portraiture and architectural studies, before the outbreak of civil war.

Dating primarily from 1910-1914, the collection includes images of Francisco Madero, Victoriano Huerta, Alvaro Obregón, Emiliano Zapata, and Pancho Villa, as well as street warfare during La Decena Trágica, the ten days between February 9 and February 19, 1913 of artillery bombardment, street fighting and urban violence in Mexico City that ended in a coup d’état and the assassinations of the president and vice-president.