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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Photograph

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Thurber, Texas:

An Inventory of Photographs, 1888-1998 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University. Southwest Collection
Title: Thurber, Texas, Photograph Collection,
Dates: 1889-1940 and undated
Abstract: The Thurber, Texas, Photograph Collection, dated 1888-1998 and undated, highlights the history of a town once bustling with the coal, brick and railroad industry.
Collection # SWCPC 209
Quantity: 274 negatives and 206 prints and postcards
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Thurber, Texas, was a coal mining town owned and operated by the Texas & Pacific Coal Company to provide fuel for the Texas & Pacific Railway Company, which had no affiliation to the coal company. Approximately twenty nationalities were represented among the immigrant laborers whose "old county" customs contrasted sharply with the native Texas culture.

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Scope and Contents

This collection, comprised of 274 negatives and 206 copy prints and postcards, contains historic images of the people, buildings, industry and social life of Thurber, Texas. It bulks with photographs of the coal mining industry. It also includes photographs of the Thurber Brick Plant (ca. 1910), Thurber baseball team (1922), the Snake Saloon (ca. 1910), an employees train (undated), and the Thurber post office (ca. 1910).

The negatives and prints are housed in separate envelopes.

Images from this collection are currently being digitized and can viewed at http://collections.swco.ttu.edu/handle/10605/1333

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas and Pacific Coal Company.
Thurber Brick Company (Thurber, Tex.)
Places
Thurber (Tex.)
Thurber (Tex.)--History.
Subjects
Aeronautics--History.
Baseball--Texas.
Brickmaking--Texas.
Brick trade--Texas--Thurber--History.
Child labor--Texas--History.
Coal miners--Recreation.
Coal miners--Texas.
Coal miners--Texas--Thurber--History.
Coal trade--Texas--Thurber--History.
Child labor--United States--Texas.
Coal mines and mining--Texas.
Coal mines and mining--Texas--Thurber.
Coal mines and mining--Texas--Thurber Region--History--20th century.
Horses--Texas--Photographs.
Mineral industries--Texas.
Mules--Texas--Photographs.
Railroads--Texas.
Railroads--Texas--History.
Railroads--United States--Texas--History.
Thurber (Tex.)--History.
Thurber (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Thurber (Tex.)--Views.

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Related Material

Willie M. Floyd Papers, 1890-1968

Thurber, Texas, Collection, 1897-1986 and undated

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thurber, Texas, Photograph Collection, 1888-1998 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gifts, 1979-1998

Indexed by

T. Kreidler, 1983

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Collection Inventory

 

Photograph

envelope
0 SWCPC 209 (3 b&w negatives and 2 b&w copy prints): Includes images of Alliance College (1888) and Lingleville Christian College (1890), 1888-1890
envelope
1 SWCPC 209-E1 (10 b&w negatives and 10 b&w copy prints): Includes images of miners; various identified individuals; the town of Thurber, Texas; the employees' train; and a group of unidentified children, 1906
envelope
2 SWCPC 209-E2 (17 b&w negatives and 10 b&w copy prints): Includes images of miners; a baseball team (1897 and 1901); baseball player Elbert "Lefty" Davis (1914); a merchantile building (1914 or 1915); an Ice Plant (1908); and two unidentified men relaxing at the Thurber water tank on Graveyard Hill. 1897-1915
envelope
3 SWCPC 209-E3 (4 b&w negatives and 1 b&w mounted print): Includes an images of a large group of people on the portch the drugstore in Thurber, Texas, which was owned by the Southern family, undated
envelope
4 SWCPC 209-E4 (24 b&w negatives and 22 b&w copy prints): Includes images of the miners; the brick plant; Mrs. master Boarding House; a band (1927); North Highway 80 views; "General Store Boys" group portrait; views of Thurber (1914); Mr. Cicero Harris sitting on a porch (1914); a snowy Thurber scene; group portrait of the baseball team (1908); Cicero Harris and girlfriend (1946); and group portraits of two different bands (1927 and undated), 1914-1946
envelope
5 SWCPC 209-E5 (58 b&w negatives and 50 b & w copy prints): Includes images of bands; coal mines and miners; the brick yards; varous group portraits (1927); people working at the Thurber Blacksmith Shop, the Thurber Machine Shop and Mingus Garage; a parade in Strawn, Texas (1918); and various bands, 1918-1927
envelope
6 SWCPC 209-E6 (2 b&w negatives and 2 b&w copy prints): Includes images of people and cars at an unidentified event, and mine no. 10 in Thurber, Texas, 1920
envelope
7 SWCPC 209-E7 (5 b&w negatives and 5 b&w copy prints): Includes images of groups of people; and the "brick rustling crew" (1902), 1898-1902
envelope
8 SWCPC 209-E8 (7 b&w negatives and 2 b&w copy prints): Includes group portraits of two different Thurber baseball teams, 1922 and undated
envelope
9 SWCPC 209-E9 (7 b&w negatives and 5 b&w copy prints): Includes images of various unidentified Thurber structures and a downtown scene, undated
envelope
10 SWCPC 209-E10 part I (10 b&w negatives, 4 mounted prints, and 1 b&w copy print): Includes images of a coal mine; a train; the first airplane to come to Thurber, Texas, in 1909; and the Thurber Brick Plant, 1909 and undated
SWCPC 209-E10 part II (57 color negatives and 47 color copy prints): Includes images the Dublin Reunion and the Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant celebration in Erath County, 1998
envelope
11 SWCPC 209-E11 (43 b&w negatives and 20 b&w copy print): Includes images of a coal miners; the Thurber Post Office; maps; and various unidentified views and structures of Thurber, Texas, which were transferred from the Willie M. Floyd Papers collection, undated
envelope
12 SWCPC 209-E12 (6 b&w negatives and 24 b&w prints and postcards): Includes images of a Thurber snow scene; views of the town of Thurber, one of which includes a train; coal miners and mines; the brick yards; a baseball team; children with a woman; and the "Tee Pee Band Thurber Texas," 1914-1946
envelope
13 SWCPC 209-E13 (1 b&w negative and 1 sepia print): Includes an image of cars and people by unidentified buildings, 1920

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