Austin History Center

Gerald Langford "O. Henry's Austin" Photographs

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Langford, Gerald, 1911-2003
Title: Gerald Langford "O. Henry's Austin" Photographs
Dates: Circa 1960-1969
Abstract: Gerald Langford joined the faculty of the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin as an Associate Professor in 1946. He published several non-fiction works, including a biography of O. Henry in 1957. This collection consists of a pictorial record of "O. Henry's Austin" created by Gerald Langford in the 1960s. Black-and-white photographs, contact sheets, 35mm negatives, and manuscript pages document Austin landmarks related to William Sidney Porter (O. Henry).
Identification: AR.2016.040
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Outer Vault
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Gerald Langford was an English professor and O. Henry Scholar based in Austin, Texas in the latter half of the 20th century. Langford was born October 20, 1911 in Alabama, grew up in Georgia, and received his Bachelor of Arts, Masters, and Doctorate in English Literature from the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years during World War II and taught at colleges in South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky before joining the faculty of the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin in 1946 where he taught courses in creative writing and contemporary English and American literature. His first book, "Alias O. Henry: A Biography of William Sidney Porter," was published in 1957. His other published works include "The Richard Harding Davis Years" (1961), "The Murder of Stanford White" (1962), and "Ingenue Among the Lions," (1965). In the 1960s, he developed an interest in photography with a specific interest in photographing buildings related to O. Henry's life. Gerald Langford died April 18, 2003 in Austin, Texas.

Scope and Contents

88 black-and-white photographs, 18 contact sheets, approximately 700 35mm negatives and 15 pages of text document Austin, Texas landmarks associated with William Sidney Porter (O. Henry). Photographs and accompanying text titled "O. Henry's Austin: A Pictorial Record of Surviving Landmarks Associated with William Sidney Porter" were created by Gerald Langford in the 1960s. The bulk of the collection features undated photographs of Austin landmarks associated with William Sidney Porter (O. Henry). Landmarks include the Capitol, Driskill Hotel, Governor's mansion, St. David's Episcopal Church, and street views of East Pecan Street. In addition there are photographs of O. Henry's personal home (now the O. Henry Museum). Included in most of the folders is a manuscript page that includes biographical detail of William Sidney Porter and descriptions of the photographs. These pages were perhaps drafts of an unrealized project: a pictorial history of O. Henry. In addition to the photographs depicting landmarks, the collection includes undated photographs, negatives, and contact sheets of assorted houses in Austin.


Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Henry, O., 1862-1910
Langford, Gerald, 1911-2003
Porter, William Sidney, 1862-1910
Authors, American--Texas--Austin
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin
6th Street (Austin, Tex.)--History
Austin (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)--Buildings
Austin (Tex.)--History--Pictorial works
Document Types
Biographical Information
Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white photographs
Contact sheets

Related Material

Austin Files

  • Biography - Porter, William Sydney
  • Biography - Langford, Gerald

General Collection

  • A 813 HEYL Alias O. Henry A Biography of William Sidney Porter by Gerald Langford

See also the AHC's O. Henry Subject Guide.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gerald Langford "O. Henry's Austin" Photographs (AR.2016.040). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1986/6730

Donation Date: 1986-03-02

Processing Information

Finding Aid created and encoded by Anne Kofmehl/June 2017

Detailed Description of the Collection

O. Henry's Austin, circa 1960s

Box Folder
1 1 Home interiors (#002-004), undated
2 Capitol rotunda and grounds (#005-006), undated
3 Driskill Hotel (#007-010), undated
4 Drugstore (#011), undated
5 Governor’s mansion (#012-013), undated
6 Millett and Hancock Opera Houses (#014-015), undated
7 St. David’s Episcopal Church (#016-017), undated
8 Land Office (#018-019), undated
9 Dr. R. K. Smoot’s home, 1316 West 6th Street (#001, 020-021), undated
10 Cottage, 409 East 5th street (#022-023), undated
11 Cottage bedroom (#024), undated
12 Moontower (#025), undated
13 East Pecan Street (6th Street) (#026-031), undated
14 Gravestone (#032), undated
15 Conclusion (no photographs), undated
16 Assorted houses (#033-055), undated
17 Assorted houses (#056-088), undated
18 Assorted houses -- contact sheets (unnumbered), undated
Location Location
Outer Vault B&W neg drawer Assorted houses -- negatives (unnumbered), undated
B&W neg drawer Governor’s Mansion, St. David’s, Lutheran Church, Driskill Hotel -- negatives (unnumbered), undated