Austin History Center

Froman Glass Plate Negative Portraits

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Froman, Bonnie Jewel
Title: Froman Glass Plate Negative Portraits
Inclusive Dates: 1900-1930s circa
Abstract: 83 glass plate negatives and 3 cellulose nitrate negatives contain portraits of Austin citizens from the early twentieth century. The majority of portraits are of men, many in military or naval uniform. There are also portraits of women, wedding portraits, portraits of couples, 1 family portrait and 1 portrait of a young boy.
Identification: AR.2009.074
Quantity: 1.3 linear feet (83 glass plate negatives, 3 cellulose nitrate negatives)
Location: Reading Room Digital Collections Box; Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287 Austin, TX 78768

Creator Note

The name of the photographer or studio that created these portraits is unknown. The glass plates were found in an abandoned house (probably a photographer's studio) on or near East 15th Street in Austin and given to Bonnie Jewel Froman of the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University.


Scope and Contents

86 glass plate negatives contain portraits of Austin citizens from the early twentieth century. The majority of the portraits (59) are of men. 21 of those are men in World War I-era military or naval uniform. 17 portraits are of women. There is one family group portrait and one portrait of a young boy. There are five wedding portraits and three portraits of couples. 24 of the plates were divided into halves and contain two portraits of the same individual. None of the individuals is identified. Repeated use of chairs, benches and painted backdrops affirms that these portraits were all taken in the same photographic studio.


Arrangement

The negatives were kept in the order they were received and numbered 001-086. Nitrate negatives are items 067, 074, and 086; all other items are glass plates.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The glass plate and nitrate negatives are restricted from access. Digital surrogates are available for viewing instead.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Places:
Austin (Tex.).
Subjects:
Men.
Portraits.
Women.
Document Types:
Cellulose nitrate negatives.
Glass plate negatives.

Related Material

AF - Photographers and Photography P3500


Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was found in a house on or near East 15th Street in Austin by a workman. The house was probably a photographer's studio. He gave the plates to Bonnie Jewel Froman of the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University in 1978. The University transferred the materials to the Austin History Center in 1996.

Preferred Citation

Froman Glass Plate Negative Portraits (AR.2009.074). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information:

Donor #: DO/1996/065. Donation date: 1996-08-01.

Processing Information

Final processing and EAD by Nicole Davis/July 2014.

Alternative Form Available

Digital copies of the negatives are available on a disk in the Reading Room Digital Collections Box.


Detailed Description of the Records

Photographs and Ephemera, 1900-1930s ca.

View a detailed spreadsheet of the photographs here.
Location Location
Outer Vault Glass plate shelf, boxes 1-3 Glass plate negatives (restricted), 1900-1930s ca.
Location Location
Inner Vault Nitrate negative box Cellulose nitrate negatives (restricted), 1910s ca.