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L.J. Whitmeyer Glass Plate Negatives

L.J. Whitmeyer:

An Inventory of the L.J. Whitmeyer Glass Plate Negatives Collection at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Archives, about 1890-about 1910

Arrangement History Scope and Contents Restrictions Related Materials

Overview

Group portrait in front of porch

Group portrait in front of porch

Collector: Whitmeyer, Jack, Jr., 1921-2010.
Title: L.J. Whitmeyer glass plate negatives collection
Dates: about 1890-about 1910
Abstract: 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. These materials have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.
Quantity: 0.75 cubic ft.
Location:  Please note that these records are housed at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, P.O. Box 310, Liberty, Texas 77575, 936-336-8821.
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 Formats for the Collection

A description of the original images described in this finding aid is available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/50136/tsl-50136.html.


Arrangement of the Collection

These images were numbered by Sam Houston Center staff in the same order as they were received.


Biographical Sketch

Street scene in Batson, Texas, includes the Crosby House, Spencer Drug Co., and the Turf Exchange Bar and Billiard Hall

Street scene in Batson, Texas, includes the Crosby House, Spencer Drug Co., and the Turf Exchange Bar and Billiard Hall

L. Jack Whitmeyer was born on May 8, 1921 to L. Jack Whitmeyer, Sr. and Martha Pearl Nall in Port Arthur, Texas. Whitmeyer was a longtime resident of Colmesneil, Texas and worked for Sun Oil as an electronic research engineer. He was involved in Boy Scouts for over 30 years and was active in the Tyler County Heritage Society, the Tyler County Historical Commission, Colmesneil Cemetery Association, Texas State Archeological Society, and the IEEE (Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers), and he was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a lifetime member of the Woodville Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp. As a local publisher, he tried to print the glass plate negatives on equipment he had in his home. He worked with Clyde Grey at the Tyler County Heritage Village Musuem to promote local history and established the Whitmeyer Genealogy Library, which included many resources from his personal collection. He died in Colmesneil in June 2010.

(Sources include: Powers, Jim. “Local Historian Jack Whitmeyer dead at 89.” and Taylor, Sandy. “Jack Whitmeyer great friend to Village dies.”The Tyler County Booster, June 17, 2010, Vol. 84, No. 24; accessed October 20, 2016.)


Scope and Content of the Collection

Portrait of a couple

Portrait of a couple

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; other creators are unknown. Images are of group portraits, street scenes and the surrounding area of Saratoga and Batson, Texas. Many of the portraits include couples, families, and small groups of men and women in various locations including a photography studio, store interiors, and outdoors in front yards or wooded areas. Street scenes include crowds along main street or in front of buildings including the Crosby House, Spencer’s Drug Co., and the Turf Exchange Bar and Billiard Hall in Batson, Texas. Images of industry in the area include oil fields with men at work and a lumber yard. Besides people, these images include horses and horse-drawn conveyances.

Some of the plates are cracked, broken or have damaged emulsion. When different images share one plate it is noted in the box inventory. The majority of the image descriptions were created by Archives staff. Some plates have numbers scratched into the emulsion but it is unclear what these numbers signify since that they are not on every plate. The plates seem to be out of their original order considering that some images of couples or groups of people are spread throughout the collection. Images include some of the same people and settings as those images in the Clyde and Thelma See glass plate negatives collection.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Access

Due to the fragility of the glass plate negatives, the digital copies must be used instead of the original negatives.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished works are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).


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.

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
Clyde and Thelma See glass plate negative collection, about 1905-about 1920, 2.5 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), L.J. Whitmeyer glass plate negatives collection. Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1997.108

This collection was donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by L.J. Whitmeyer on June 11, 1997.

Processing Information
Processed by Halley Grogan, September 2016

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