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Prints and Photographs Collections

The Texas State Archives’ Prints and Photographs collection includes over 750,000 original images in a variety of processes and formats.  The majority of the Prints and Photographs collections relate to Texas history, important Texas figures, and events. This includes construction of the various State Capitol buildings, documentation of Texas Governors and political leaders, Texas Rangers and military service in Texas, the geographically and culturally diverse regions of Texas and generations of Texas families and immigrants.

These images have various known copyright and other restrictions but are available for reference purposes. See individual copyright statements at the item level for more information regarding copyright and publication options. Please include the credit “(image number, collection name,) Courtesy of Texas State Library and Archives Commission” when using these images in any way.

Photographs are also a part of our Texas State Agency records, please review individual agency pages for more information about photography records in those series.

For more information on the Prints and Photographs collection, review the available finding aids on our website – https://www.tsl.texas.gov/arc/findingaids/msfindingaids.html.

Please contact our Archives Reference staff at reference.desk@tsl.texas.gov for more information regarding image requests.

About image titles: When it is known, the TDA will use the title of an image as the display title. When a title is unknown, the title will default to the image’s catalog number.


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Richard Bachman

Richard Bachman

Richard Bachman collection
The Richard Bachman collection is an assembly of papers, ephemera, photographs, and other materials that document the lives and activities of several Texas families from 1825 to 1983, bulk 1840-1920. The families represented, related by marriage, are Elmore, Miller, Obenchain, Wall, Rugeley, Bachman, Hawkins, Guinn, and Pigford. . . Photographs make up a significant portion of the collection and cover nearly 130 years of family and photographic history. The collection contains images in a variety of photographic formats, including cased images, card photographs, snapshots, and Polaroids. The variety of images include a young Confederate soldier, Company C of the Texas Rangers, various family members, and several unidentified individuals. The photographs in this collection have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

East Sixth Street, Austin

East Sixth Street, Austin

Mabel H. Brooks Photograph Collection
The Mabel H. Brooks photograph collection consists of 220 photographs of Austin, Texas and the surrounding area, made between 1866 and 1920 by various photographers. The images were collected by Mabel Houghton Brooks and arranged into five scrapbooks. Samuel B. Hill, Hamilton Biscoe Hillyer, and William James Oliphant are the principal creators of the images, while some of the photographers are unknown.

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German POW cemetery at Camp Swift

Edna Collins Collection
Edna Gertrude Collins (1885-1968) was an Austin-area painter and educator. The Edna Collins collection consists of 40 photographs, watercolors, and pencil drawings that primarily document the decoration of several theaters and recreation halls on the grounds of Camp Swift. Texas during the Second World War by Collins and a team of civilians and German prisoners of war (POWs). Also prominent in the collection are five commemorative Christmas cards hand-illustrated by the POWs and presented to Collins in 1943. Dates covered are 1940s, 1955, with the bulk dating 1943-1944. Subjects covered include depictions of rural culture in both west Texas and northern Mexico, as well as life as a POW at Camp Swift.

CookCollection

When the Days work is Over

L.L Cook Company Collection:
The collection presents images of life, architecture and landscape in 105 towns in Texas. Prominent in the collection are Bandera, Brownsville, Del Rio, Edinburg, El Paso, Henderson, Junction, Kilgore, Kingsville, McAllen, Mission, and southern Texas. Dates covered are 1940, 1946-1951, 1953, 1955-1957, 1959, bulk 1948, 1951, 1956. Overall, a wide range of subjects are covered including churches, hospitals, schools, swimming pools, factories, homes, post offices, hotels, businesses, courthouses, downtown and main streets, monuments, bridges, beaches, oil fields, rodeo, steers and bulls, dude ranches, calf roping, highway scenes, aerial views of select towns, fruit groves, fields and harvests, rural scenes and fishing.

Richard Niles Graham

Richard Niles Graham at a banquet, 1955

Richard Niles Graham Photograph Collection:
This collection of photographs document 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, three tintypes, 10 copy photographs, 21 steel engravings, and 22 engravings. The subject matter of the photographs is fairly disparate and covers a wide geographical area.

A Woman on Pyramid Steps

A Woman on Pyramid Steps

William Deming Hornaday Photograph Collection
This collection consists of photographs, photographic postcards, photoengravings and negatives amassed by William Deming Hornaday (1868-1942) to accompany the various articles written in his capacity as a journalist and Director of Publicity for the University of Texas. The images were created by a variety of photographers, the names of whom are mostly unknown. Dates covered are about 1890-about 1940, undated. The photographs depict notable people, places, and events across Texas. The collection also portrays a variety of locations outside the contiguous United States, most notably Mexico, Australia, China, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Fiji, and Hawaii. Subjects covered include agriculture, bridges, cattle, cityscapes, dwellings, factories, harbors, hunting, hydraulic structures, irrigation farming, landscape, military bases and personnel, mineral industries, the petroleum industry, physical geography, politicians, public buildings, railroads, ranches, and the wool industry.

Representative Don Lee, 67th Legislature

Representative Don Lee, 67th Legislature

House Photography
The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section 1) vests with all legislative power of the state. House Photography records contain black-and-white and color photographs, contact sheets, negatives, slides, letters received, photograph order forms, policy statements, and product manuals produced and collected by the House Photography department of the Texas House of Representatives, dating 1971-1975, 1977-1979, 1981-1997. Records are from the 62nd through 74th Legislative Session. The department accumulated these records in the course of its work to make photographic portraits of individual state representatives, to photograph events on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives and in other related entities of state government, and to provide photographs at the request of members.

Signal Corps Photo 30599

Signal Corps Photo 30599

General John A. Hulen papers
Papers documenting the military career and life of Brigadier General John A. Hulen, who commanded the 72nd Infantry Brigade (1917-1919) and the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas National Guard (1922-1935), consist of correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks, dating 1887-1960, undated. The records in the Texas Digital Archive include only a subset of the photographs series.

Hunnicutt, J. R., 1894-1973

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

J. R. Hunnicutt Photograph Collection
Collection consists of photographs documenting the life of J.R. Hunnicutt from the late 19th century to the early 1960s. Among the numerous subjects and events represented are the Hunnicutt family, Marlin High School Athletics, student life at Texas A&M University, the Capitol Lands Resurvey Project, his service with the Texas Rangers, his participation in Shriner and Masonic activities, and his aviation training with the Customs Service.  Records date from 1895 to 1965 and undated.

Beaumont: The Town of Towns postcard

Beaumont: The Town of Towns postcard

Don Kelly Southeast Texas Postcard Collection
Don Kelly, Southeast Texas community leader, collected 1473 postcards, picture postcards, photographic postcards, and photographs depicting notable scenes of life, locale, and architecture in an area of Southeast Texas surrounding the cities of Orange, Beaumont, and Port Arthur. These three cities comprise the principal subjects of the collection; additional places depicted include the Spindletop Oil Field, Sabine Pass, Sour Lake, the Sabine River, and the Neches River. Dates covered are about 1898 to about 1997, the bulk about 1898 to about 1930.

S.B. Maxey, Marilda Denton Maxey and Dora Maxey

S.B. Maxey, Marilda Denton Maxey and Dora Maxey

Samuel Bell Maxey Photograph Collection
This collection consists of photographic images, dating 1870-1960 (bulk 1870-1920), from the Samuel Bell Maxey House in Paris, Texas. The images include views of the Maxey house and grounds, and the environs. The Maxey family and friends are represented by commercial portraiture done in various places. Family activities and travels are documented both by commercial views and by amateur snapshots. Included are album pages picturing travels in the late 1890s. These and later travels ranged from the western U. S. to New York, to the Yukon and Alaska, and to Europe and Egypt.

Abell

Wm. H. Abell

People Collection:
Portraits of various men and women important to Texas and United States history. Images include engravings, photoengravings, daguerreotypes, cartes-de-visites, cabinet cards, photographs and negatives, dating from the late 19th Century to early 20th Century. The majority of the images are portraits of individuals including Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, Deaf Smith, William Barret Travis, Czar Alexander III, and Jefferson Davis.

Wise home

Home of Major Louis C. Wise

Places Collection:
Photographs of buildings, street scenes, homes, panoramic views, historic sites, monuments and events, and paintings with specific locations, arranged alphabetically according to the city location in the following order: Texas, Texas General, other states, foreign countries, and unidentified locations.

Buffalo camp scene, 1874

Buffalo camp scene, 1874

George Robertson 1874 Buffalo Hunt Photograph Collection
George Robertson was an Austin-area photographer employed by studio owner William James Oliphant (1845-1930) to document an 1874 expedition to Buffalo Gap in Taylor County, Texas. The 1874 Buffalo hunt photography collection is composed of 10 photographs taken by Robertson during the trip, plus corresponding film copy media. The subjects depicted include the expedition on the move, camp scenes, buffalo skinning, and the processing of the hides and meat. The date covered is 1874.

Man on horseback with young child

Man on horseback with young child

Clyde and Thelma See Glass Plate Negatives Collection
The Clyde and Thelma See glass plate negatives collection consists of 122 glass plate negatives and eight contact prints of Hardin County, Texas, dating about 1905-about 1920. One image was created by Fletcher Photo Company; other creators are unknown. Images are of group portraits, street scenes, and the surrounding area of Saratoga and Batson, Texas. Some of the plates are cracked, broken, or damaged.

Terry’s Texas Rangers Panorama, partial view

Terry’s Texas Rangers Panorama, partial view

Terry’s Texas Rangers Reunion Panorama
The 8th Texas Cavalry, popularly known as Terry’s Texas Rangers, was a group of Texas volunteers for the Confederate States Army assembled by Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry in August 1861. This panorama is a group photographic portrait of the Terry’s Texas Rangers reunion in Houston, Texas on November 10, 1908.

Texas Department of Public Safety Photographs logo

Texas Department of Public Safety Photographs

Texas Department of Public Safety Photographs
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the state police agency, charged with enforcing laws, preserving order, and protecting the rights, privileges, property, and well-being of Texas citizens. Photographs were made by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) photographers to document or promote the activities of the various divisions, personnel, training, equipment, and facilities. These records consist of photographs created by the DPS photo lab. Dated photographs span the period 1937-1965. Undated, original photographs may have been made as early as 1935. Others are known to be copies of even earlier images. The images consist primarily of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives, most in 4-by-5, 5-by-7, and 8-by-10 format. Some color negatives and transparencies are present for later years.

Group portrait in front of porch

Group portrait in front of porch

L.J. Whitmeyer Glass Plate Negatives Collection
The L.J. Whitmeyer glass plate negatives collection consists of 39 glass plate negatives of Hardin County, Texas, dating about 1890-about 1910. Select images within this collection were created by photographers Hughes and Lane of Batson, Texas. Images are of group portraits, street scenes and the surrounding area of Saratoga and Batson, Texas. Some of the plates are cracked, broken or damaged.

Three Riders And Train Of Pack Horses Crossing A River

Three Riders And Train Of Pack Horses Crossing A River

Owen Wister Photograph Collection
Owen Wister (1860-1938) was a prominent American writer during the late 1800s and early 1900s. He is best known for his western stories, particularly his novel The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains (1902). The collection includes 115 images taken by Wister during his trip to Texas in 1893. Dates covered are 1893, undated. Prominent in the collection are Texas ranch scenes from the Savage, Colton and Conover ranches, as well as the San Antonio missions of Concepción de Acuña and San José. Subjects covered include cowboys, horses, polo ponies, polo players and games, stables, architecture, the San Fernando cathedral in San Antonio, towns, residents, and landscape.

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