J.R. Hunnicutt Collection photographs

J.R. Hunnicutt:

An Inventory of the J.R. Hunnicutt Collection photographs at the Texas State Archives, 1895-1966, undated

(a selection from the J.R. Hunnicutt Collection)

Arrangement History Scope and Contents Restrictions Related Materials

Overview

 Hunnicutt, J. R., 1894-1973

Texas Ranger J. R. Hunnicutt. (about 1919)

Creator: Hunnicutt, J.R., 1894-1973
Title: J.R. Hunnicutt collection
Dates: 1895-1965, undated
Abstract: Photographs document many events and individuals from J.R. Hunnicutt’s life, including a number of his ancestors, friends, and family, his involvement in athletics at Marlin High School, the Capitol Lands Resurvey Project, his service with the Texas Rangers, his education at Texas A&M University, his participation in Shriner and Masonic activities, his aviation training with the Customs Service, and his service in England in World War II.
Collection Abstract: The J.R. Hunnicutt collection primarily documents Hunnicutt’s education and career, especially his service as a Texas Ranger, U.S. Customs Service Agent, and in the U.S. Army Medical Administrative Corps. The collection consists of correspondence, personal papers, photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks of Hunnicutt and his family dating 1882-1966 and undated, bulk 1913-1966. The oldest materials are photographs and papers of Hunnicutt’s family.
Quantity: 4.45 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. § 9121) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Other Finding Aids

A description of non-electronic records described in this finding aid is available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/90022/tsl-90022.html.


Arrangement of the Records

Photographs collection separated from the J. R. Hunnicutt collection (manuscripts). The collection was originally arranged first by people in alphabetical order than then by place names in alphabetical order. In the original numbering convention, 1966/029-288 thru 547 were left unidentified. These images have now been described and most identified as to person, place, or activity. Several identical images had been given separate numbers and have now been consolidated. For ease of web-browser use, images have been subdivided into 100 item increments based upon photograph identification number.

Please see the finding aid on TARO (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/90022/tsl-90022.html) for details on how to access paper-based materials.


 Biographical Sketch

 J.R. Hunnicutt, bust

J.R. Hunnicutt, bust

J.R. Hunnicutt was born on July 4, 1894, in Marlin, Texas. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1915 and distinguished himself in athletic competition as a member of its baseball, football, and track teams. He was a chainman on the Capitol Lands Resurvey project from 1915 to 1916. In 1917 he joined the Texas Rangers and was stationed for a time in Glenn Springs in west Texas. He was promoted to sergeant in 1919 and after strike duty in Aransas Pass, Texas, he resigned to become the purchasing agent for the France and Canada Oil Transport Company, also in Aransas Pass. He attended Texas A&M University from 1921 to 1923 before transferring to Baylor University for one year. He worked in various capacities, including night supervisor and purchasing agent at hospitals throughout Texas, and later he was a sales representative for medical and surgical supplies. During this time he was an active member of the Shriners.

In the early 1930s he joined the United States Treasury Department Customs Service and became one of its first pilots (the force consisting entirely of impounded aircraft refurbished by customs personnel). In 1937 he transferred to the Alcohol Tax Unit of the Internal Revenue Service and served as an agent and investigator, except for periods of leave for Army Reserve training and active duty, until his retirement from federal service in 1954. He began active duty on March 5, 1941 with the U.S. Army Medical Administrative Corps. He served in Texas, Illinois, and other stations in the U.S., and served with the 103rd General Hospital in England between 1944 and 1945. He was reassigned to Brook Army Hospital in San Antonio in April 1946. In May 1946 he resumed investigatory work for the Alcohol Tax Unit while maintaining reserve status in the Army, eventually attaining the rank of major.

After his retirement in 1954, he concerned himself with family and his ranch while maintaining life-long interests including Masonry and campaigning for a Texas Ranger Pension Act. He died on March 3, 1973 in Waco, Texas.


Scope and Content

Snapshot images make up the bulk of the records, but there are also studio portraits, panoramic photographs, photographic postcards, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, printed material, copy prints, and other formats. Records date from 1895 to 1965 and undated. Many of the photographs were originally pasted to scrapbook pages. Some of these have been unmounted and are filed separately, but a number remain adhered to black scrapbook paper. Copy prints were made of many images to increase their size and to preserve them. Copy negatives exist for each of these images.

Photographs document many events and individuals from J.R. Hunnicutt’s life, including a number of his ancestors, friends, and family, his involvement in athletics at Marlin High School, the Capitol Lands Resurvey Project, his service with the Texas Rangers, his education at Texas A&M University, his participation in Shriner and Masonic activities, his aviation training with the Customs Service, and his service in England in World War II.


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 materials: researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic materials.


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
Texas 3rd Court of Appeals records, 1891-1998, 1157.48 cubic ft. (Case files, J.R. Hunnicutt v. Thomas D. Moorman, no. 10386, re: Helen Mar Hunnicutt’s estate (1956)) [Restricted]

Administrative Information

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

Accession Information
Accession number: 1968/029

The papers and photographs were donated to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Martha Jean Stevens on September 29, 1967.

Processing Information
Collection processed and a draft finding aid created by John Anderson, 1985
EAD, DACS elements, and XML coding by student volunteer Russell Holley-Hurt, University of Texas School of Information, June 2012