Richard Niles Graham Collection photographs, 1893-1937

Graham (R. Niles) Collection:

An Inventory of Graham (R. Niles) Collection photographs at the Texas State Archives, 1846-1958, bulk 1895-1958

Arrangement History Scope and Contents Restrictions Related Materials

Overview

Richard Niles Graham

Richard Niles Graham, at a banquet, 1955

Creator: Graham, Richard Niles, 1881-1959
Title: Graham (R. Niles) collection
Dates: 1846-1958
Dates: bulk 1895-1958
Abstract: This series of photographs documents the family, social, and business life of R. Niles Graham and his family, both at home in Austin and in travels domestically and abroad, dating from 1893 to 1937 and undated. This series consists of 855 photographs, 507 postcards, 17 photoengravings, 3 tintypes, 10 copy photographs, 21 steel engravings, and 22 engravings. In addition, the collection originally included several batches of snapshot film negatives for which there were no corresponding prints. In about 1978, 8×10 modern prints were made from these negatives by the State Archives’ contract photographer, Bill Malone. Once printed these cellulose nitrate negatives were deaccessioned and destroyed because they were thought to be a safety hazard.
Collection Abstract: The R. Niles Graham collection documents the lives and business interests of Richard Niles Graham and his immediate family. The materials in the collection date from 1846 to 1958, with the bulk of the material dating from 1895 to 1958. The Grahams were prominent members of Texas business and society in Austin in the first part of the 20th century and descended from the state’s 19th century governing aristocracy. The collection sheds light on the family’s history, social activities, interests, and business transactions and consists of personal and inter-family correspondence, family estate papers, and business correspondence and other business records for the Enfield Oil and Petroleum Company and the Enfield Realty and Home Building Company, such as mineral rights leases, title deeds, financial records, maps, and architectural plans. The collection also contains a large cache of memorabilia, ephemera, and printed matter collected by the Graham family over the course of their lives, including scrapbooks, newspapers, magazines, programs, and travel brochures documenting their personal interests. Graham also compiled a large collection of photographs that speak to his interests and document the activities of himself and his family.
Quantity: 14.45 cubic ft.
Language: English
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: The preparation and digitization of this collection for online public access was funded in full or in part with a Library Services and Technology Act (20 U.S.C. ยง 9121) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Other Finding Aids

A description of the non-electronic records described in this finding aid is available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/90013/tsl-90013.html.


Arrangement of the Records

The photographs are arranged into five groups within a single series. For ease of web-browser use, images have been divided into 100 item increments based upon the photograph identification number:

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Please see the finding aid on TARO (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/90013/tsl-90013.html) for details on how to access paper-based materials.


Biographical Sketch

Richard Niles Graham (1881-1959) was a Texas businessman and social figure who was instrumental in the development of numerous communities in Austin and throughout Texas.


Scope and Content of the Records

This series of photographs documents the family, social, and business life of R. Niles Graham and his family, both at home in Austin and in travels domestically and abroad, dating from 1893 ti 1937 and undated. This series consists of 855 photographs, 507 postcards, 17 photoengravings, 3 tintypes, 10 copy photographs, 21 steel engravings, and 22 engravings. In addition, the collection originally included several batches of snapshot film negatives for which there were no corresponding prints. In about 1978, 8×10 modern prints were made from these negatives by the State Archives’ contract photographer, Bill Malone. Once printed these cellulose nitrate negatives were deaccessioned and destroyed because they were thought to be a safety hazard.

The subject matter of the photographs is fairly disparate and covers a wide geographical area. Pictorially, the photographs represent the activity and interests of the Graham family, from postcards and photographs from their wide travels in the United States and Europe, to their life at Woodlawn (the Pease Mansion) in Austin. They also document several of Graham’s business ventures, such as the Enfield Oil and Petroleum Company and the Enfield real estate developments. Graham’s collection of autographed photos of Hollywood actors and actresses is also included. Geographical locations include Austin, New York City, Trinity College, Hartford, and a large variety of other Texas, United States, and international cities. Notable subjects of photos include Texas Governors E. M. Pease and Dan Moody. Also present are military scenes during the Spanish-American war era and prior to World War I. There remain a large number of unidentified photographs.


Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Use
The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements
For physical material: Gloves supplied by the State Archives must be worn when handling photographs.


The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Lucadia Christiana Pease wedding dress and accessories [items are housed in the Artifacts Collection, see staff for more details]
Richard Graham Collection: Artifacts, 1964/306 [items are housed in the Artifacts Collection, see staff for more details]
The Austin History Center
Pease-Graham-Niles Family Papers, 1826-1992. AR.2000.01

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Photographs, Graham (R. Niles) collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession number: 1964/306

This collection was donated to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Richard Niles Graham between 1964 and 1966. A few artifacts were returned to Mr. Maurice Dennis on August 15, 1988.

Processing Information
Collection initially processed by State Archives staff in the 1960s.

Further processing, a DACS-compliant finding aid and XML markup completed in the spring of 2012 by Megan Dirickson, James McBride, Javier Ruedas, and Elisa Salinas, students from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Information.