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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Photographs

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Desdemona, Texas:

An Inventory of Its Photographs, 1919-1966, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University. Southwest Collection
Title: Desdemona, Texas, Photograph Collection,
Dates: 1917-1966
Abstract: Desdemona, Texas, photographs dated 1917-1966.
Collection # SWCPC 43 E1-E8
Quantity: 106 negatives and 92 prints
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Located in southeastern Eastland County, Texas, Desdemona was originally settled in 1860. In September 1918, the Joe Duke discovery well created an oil boom that saw Desdemona covered with a sea of oil rigs. The Desdemona field was drilled by numerous small operators. Crowded conditions led to increased lawlessness and by 1920, the Texas Rangers had to intervene to reestablish order. Oil production quickly peaked at 7,375,825 barrels in 1919.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs of Desdemona, Texas. It bulks with photographs of the oil boom in Desdemona (c.1920). It also includes a tank baptism and an unidentified peanut farm in Eastland County, Texas.

The negatives and prints are housed in separate envelopes.

Images from this collection have been digitized and can viewed at http://collections.swco.ttu.edu/handle/10605/1424

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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.
Desdemona High School (Desdemona, Tex.)--Photographs.
Desdemona Motor Company (Desdemona, Tex.)--Photographs.
Liberty Theatre (Desdemona, Tex.)--Photographs.
Places
Desdemona (Tex.)--Photographs.
Desdemona (Tex.)
Eastland County (Tex.)--Photographs.
Eastland County (Tex.)
Subjects
Agriculture--Photographs.
Baptisms--Photographs.
Business enterprises--Texas--Desdemona--Photographs.
Blacksmiths--Photographs.
Educational buildings--Texas--Desdemona--Photographs.
Fires--Texas--Desdemona--Photographs.
Fox hunting--Photographs.
Garages--Photographs.
Jewelry stores--Texas--Desdemona--Photographs.
Oil spills--Photographs.
Ox teams--Photographs.
Peanuts--Photographs.
Petroleum industry and trade--Texas--Desdemona--Photographs.
Theaters--Texas--Desdemona--Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Desdemona, Texas, Photograph Collection, 1917-1966, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gifts, 1977 and undated

Digitized by

Maria Vallejo, 2011

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Collection Inventory

 

Photographs

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1 SWCPC 43-E1: Desdemona, Texas - Eastland County (95 negatives and 77 prints)
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2 SWCPC 43-E2: Desdemona, Texas - Eastland County (7 negatives and 8 prints)
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3 SWCPC 43-E3: Desdemona, Texas - Eastland County (2 prints)
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4 SWCPC 43-E4: Desdemona, Texas - Eastland County (1 print)
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5 SWCPC 43-E5: Desdemona, Texas - Eastland County (7 negtives and 7 prints)
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6 SWCPC 43-E6: Desdemona, Texas - Eastland County (3 negatives and 3 prints)
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7 SWCPC 43-E7: Desdemona, Texas - Eastland County (1 print, 1 postcard)

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