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Overview

Biographical Sketch of Johanna Runge

Biographical Sketch of Samuel B. Hill

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Johanna Runge collection of Samuel B. Hill photographs, 1884,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Samuel B. Hill:

An Inventory of the Johanna Runge Collection of Samuel B. Hill Photographs at the Texas State Archives, 1884



Overview

Creator: Hill, Samuel B., 1840-1917
Title: Johanna Runge collection of Samuel B. Hill photographs
Dates: 1884
Abstract: The Johanna Runge collection of Samuel B. Hill photographs includes 21 albumen boudoir prints of Austin, Texas and the surrounding vicinity created by photographer Samuel B. Hill in 1884. The images include views of Congress Avenue, the Union Depot, and the grand stands at the Fairgrounds, along with street scenes of the jail, the Travis County courthouse, and merchant store fronts. Landscapes include images of Mount Bonnell and the Colorado River falls.
Quantity: 0.2 cubic feet
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Biographical Sketch of Johanna Runge

Johanna Runge was born in Texas in 1856 to a prominent German Lutheran family. Her father, Henry Runge, emigrated to the United States from Germany and settled in Indianola, Texas in 1843 where he became an important merchant, banker and financier. The Runge family moved to Galveston in 1866 where Henry Runge established the banking firm Kaufmann and Runge. In 1876, Johanna married her cousin, Julius Runge, a well-known cotton magnate and member of Kaufmann and Runge. Julius would eventually become one of the directors of the Galveston Cotton & Woolen Mills. In 1887, the couple received twin busts from noted sculptor and friend, Elizabet Ney in gratitude for Julius' help in acquiring Liendo Plantation, Ney's family ranch. Johanna Runge is most well-known for establishing the Johanna Runge Free Kindergarten in Galveston, the state's first charity kindergarten, in 1893. Johanna Runge died in 1933 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas.

(Sources include: Hauschild, Henry. "Runge, Julius," The Handbook of Texas Online (accessed May 16, 2013); Turner, Elizabeth Hayes. Women, Culture, and Community: Religion and Reform in Galveston, 1880-1920. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.)

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel B. Hill

Samuel B. Hill was born in Ohio on October 20, 1840. He moved to Austin, Texas in 1877 and most likely began his photography career in the partnership Adams & Hill in 1878. In 1879 he established his own studio at 818 Congress Avenue. He photographed local businesses, homes of prominent families and landscapes. Many of his early images document buildings that have since been demolished, such as the Old Main building at the University of Texas, the Second Empire style Travis County Courthouse, and the old stone jail. Hill published several souvenir pamphlets of Austin, and around 1887 published his Views of Texas, a collection of albumen prints of Austin landmarks supplemented by photographs from other areas of Texas such as Comanche Springs in Pecos Country, Buffalo Gap in east central Taylor County, and the Tarrant County Courthouse. Hill had several locations for his studio on Congress Avenue before turning to work in real estate around 1912. He died on July 3, 1917 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas.

(Sources include: Curlee, Kendall. "Hill, Samuel B.," The Handbook of Texas Online (accessed May 7, 2013); Haynes, David. Catching Shadows: A Directory of 19th Century Texas Photographers. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, 1993.; Pearce-Moses, Richard. Photographic Collections in Texas: A Union Guide. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1987.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Johanna Runge collection of Samuel B. Hill photographs includes 21 albumen boudoir prints of Austin, Texas and the surrounding vicinity created by photographer Samuel B. Hill in 1884. The images include views of Congress Avenue, the Old Main building at the University of Texas, and the grand stands at the Fairgrounds, along with street scenes of the jail, the Travis County courthouse, and merchant store fronts. Landscapes include images of Mount Bonnell and the Colorado River falls. The original prints are 5 1/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. boudoir cards. Copy prints and negatives have been made for safe handling.

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Arrangement of the Records

These photographs were originally mounted in a scrapbook but were removed in September 1969 for preservation purposes. The prints have been numbered serially in the original order in which they were arranged in the scrapbook. Copy negatives of the images are housed separately from the original and copy prints. The image descriptions have been adapted from the notes on the back of the print mounts.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected at a minimum through December 31, 2002 or 70 years after the author's death. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Landscapes--Austin (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Architecture--Austin (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Public buildings--Austin (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Colorado River (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Austin (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc--Pictorial works.
Congress Avenue (Austin, Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Document Types:
Photographs--Texas--Austin--1884, undated.
Negatives--Texas--Austin--1884, undated.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Brooks (Mabel H.) photograph collection, 1866-1900, 217 items
Burleson (Emma Kyle) photograph collection, circa 1869, 14 photographs [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1940/007.]
Souvenir of Austin, 1888, 57 engravings [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1941/015.]
Congress Avenue Photo, circa 1900, 1 photograph [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1941/011.]
Nineteenth Century Austin collection, circa 1860-1890's, 21 photographs [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1/015.]
Views of Austin, 1868-1923, undated, 25 photographs [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1/150.]
Fireman's Monument Dedication, 1896, 3 photographs [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1954/049.]
Souvenir of Austin, 1888, 56 engravings [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1970/036.]
Austin History Center
Hubert Jones Glass Plate Negative Collection, 1870-1900, 7 linear ft.
DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection, ca. 1846-1945, 27 linear ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Johanna Runge collection of Samuel B. Hill photographs. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1920/002

This collection was donated to the Texas State Archives by Johanna Runge on August 27, 1920.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory and notes by John Anderson, November 1983

Additional processing and EAD finding aid prepared by Halley Grogan, May 2013

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Johanna Runge collection of Samuel B. Hill photographs, 1884,
0.2 cubic ft.

Box Photo
PP0075 1920/002-1 Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas [with unknown German?], 1884
1920/002-2 Austin from across the river, circa 1884
1920/002-3 View of jail and courthouse, circa 1884
1920/002-4 Congress Avenue from courthouse, circa 1884
1920/002-5 Austin from over the river, circa 1884
1920/002-6 View of Mt. Bonnell, 4 miles from Austin, circa 1884
1920/002-7 Lower falls on Colorado River, circa 1884
1920/002-8 Colorado River, circa 1884
1920/002-9 Mt. Bonnell from over the river, circa 1884
1920/002-10 Upper falls Colorado River, circa 1884
1920/002-11 General Land Office, circa 1884
1920/002-12 Courthouse, circa 1884
1920/002-13 Three little jewelers all in a line, circa 1884
1920/002-14 View of Congress Avenue from the courthouse, circa 1884
1920/002-15 View of north Austin from the courthouse, new capitol, circa 1884
1920/002-16 Corporation Bridge at the foot of Congress Avenue across the Colorado River, circa 1884
1920/002-17 View of Union Depot, Austin, Texas, circa 1884
1920/002-18 View of the jewelers' block, circa 1884
1920/002-19 University Building, circa 1884
1920/002-20 African Methodist Episcopal Church, corner of 9th & San Antonio, circa 1884
1920/002-21 Grand stand at Fairgrounds, now Hyde Park, circa 1884
Copy prints of 1920/002-1 thru 21
[5 folders]

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