Elizabeth Ruth Dukes Photograph Album
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Elizabeth Ruth Dukes was born August 14, 1891 in Florida to Marshall Jordan Dukes (1856-1912), a real estate agent, and Ruth Lee Hilliard (1863-1963). She had a sister, Naomi. The family lived primarily in Houston, Texas at 3302 Smith Street. Elizabeth studied at the University of Texas at Austin from 1909-1913. While there she was a member of the Sidney Lanier Society and she roomed in the Woman's Building. The 1913 Cactus (yearbook) suggests she had "suffragette inclinations." After graduating, she returned to Houston and worked as a public school teacher. As of 1919 she was working at South End Junior High School and living at 808 MacGregor Avenue with her sister (also a teacher) and her widowed mother. Her married name was Parrett. She died September 26, 1980 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.
A photograph album compiled by Elizabeth Ruth Dukes with 380 photographs documents her life as a student at the University of Texas at Austin from 1909-1913. The photographs are all black-and-white (with the exception of one cyanotype) amateur snapshots, primarily of people. Dukes is herself pictured frequently throughout the album. Many of Dukes' female friends at UT are pictured, especially Alda Grace Barber (also of Houston), often in costume. Among the friends pictured are: Bob Harrison, Janette Kaapke, Hazel Marsh, Jonnie Jones, Ruth Hargrove, Grace Worthing, Avis Pickett, Hattie Greer, and Essie Hunter as well as other Woman's Building residents. The girls are depicted in many situations including in dorm rooms, in front of campus buildings, on outings to such locations as Mount Bonnell, picnicing, posing in bluebonnets, and at their graduation from UT. In addition to female friends at UT, there are several snapshots of men, all likely UT faculty members, as well as one snapshot of football players Steve Pinkney and P. B. Garrett with coach Wesmund. Other friends, seemingly not from UT and including Mary Moody (latern Northen), are pictured in some photos taken in Houston and at other locales such as in Corpus Christi for a camping and boating trip. A few family members are pictured including Elizabeth's parents, her sister Naomi, and David, Joe and Lambert Dukes. In addition to locations and scenes on the UT-Austin campus, other locations depicted include the exterior of the Dukes family home at 3302 Smith Street in Houston; the river in New Braunfels; First Presbyterian Church in Houston; various streets and houses in Austin; the Cliff House in San Fransisco, California. Other events perhaps witnessed by Dukes and some seemingly unrelated people captured among the images include a 1912 circus parade in Austin; F.D. Letts camping with a large group of dogs; soldiers on their way to Mexico parading on Main Street (Houston?); a display of electricity in the (Houston?) city auditorium; and the plane of René Simon (the "Flying Fool") in flight during an aviation meet in Bellaire in 1911.
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Donor purchased the album at an estate sale.
Elizabeth Ruth Dukes Photograph Album (AR.2016.062). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2016/067
Donation Date: 10 December 2016
Finding aid created and encoded by Nicole Davis/2017.
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