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Overview

Collection History

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Texas State Capitol interior photograph collection, 1909-1915, bulk 1910,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Interior Photographs:

An Inventory of the Texas State Capitol Interior Photograph Collection at the Texas State Archives, 1909-1915, bulk 1910



Overview

Title: Texas State Capitol interior photograph collection
Dates: 1909-1915
Dates: bulk 1910
Abstract: The Texas State Capitol interior photograph collection consists of 41 glass plate negatives along with 69 photographs and copy prints of the offices and basement areas of the State Capitol building, created between 1909 and 1915 by an unknown photographer, with most created in 1910.
Quantity: 0.5 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Collection History

The current Texas State Capitol building was designed by architect Elijah E. Myers, architect of the Michigan and Colorado capitol buildings, after he won a nationwide design competition for the project in 1881. Plans were already being made for this new building when the old Capitol burned to the ground in November 1881. Construction on the new building began in February 1882. The exterior is made of granite and when the building was finished, it measured over 310 feet in height, had 392 rooms, 924 windows and 404 doors. It took over 1,000 people, including engineers, contractors, laborers and craftsmen, seven years to build. In February 1888, the Goddess of Liberty statue was placed on the dome. The Capitol opened to the public on San Jacinto Day, April 21, 1888.

After a fire badly damaged the east wing of the Capitol in February 1983, the legislature formed the State Preservation Board to care for and maintain the building. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

(Sources include: William Elton Green, "Capitol," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 20, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.)

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Texas State Capitol interior photograph collection consists of 41 glass plate negatives along with 69 photographs and copy prints of the offices and basement areas of the State Capitol building, created between 1909 and 1915 by an unknown photographer, with most created in 1910. The offices that appear in the photographs include the Adjutant General's office, the Comptroller's office, the Court of Civil Appeals, the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Governor's business office, the Railroad Commission room, the Secretary of State's office, and the Treasurer's office. Additional views include that of the State Library reading room, the print shop and rooms in the basement where papers and books were stored in haphazard disorder and disrepair. The majority of the images are of staff at work, including Assistant Adjutant General Colonel Edwin M. Phelps, Judge William M. McKinney, Judge John A. Martin, Judge Felix J. McCord, Judge William F. Ramsey and Judge William L. Davidson.

Images from the collection will be added to the forthcoming prints and photographs database, which will soon be available on the Texas State Library and Archives Commission website.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged most likely in the order in which it was first received. The numbered sequence of the prints has been maintained. Copy prints have been made from the original glass plate negatives and are housed with the corresponding original photograph. The glass plate negatives themselves are restricted. Please contact archives reference staff for further information and assistance.

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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

The researcher is 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.
Personal Names:
McKinney, William Mark, 1865-1955.
Martin, John A.
McCord, Felix J., 1850-
Ramsey, William Franklin.
Davidson, William Lewis, 1845-1921.
Phelps, Edwin M.
Corporate Names:
Texas State Capitol (Austin, Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Texas Library and Historical Commission--Pictorial works.
Texas State Library--Pictorial works.
Document Types:
Photographs--Texas--State Capitol (Austin, Tex.)--1909-1915.
Gelatin dry plate negatives--Texas--State Capitol (Austin, Tex.)--1909-1915.

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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
Lucille Phelps collection, 1900-1929, undated, 9 photographs [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 1962/028-7 and 8.]
William Deming Hornaday photograph collection, about 1890-1940, about 5850 items. [Call number is 1975/070-5347.]
Joseph W. Bailey Audience, 1907, 1 photograph [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1941/016.]
Art Work of Austin, 1894, 90 photographs [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1/002.]
Places photograph collection, 1850's-1960's, 2.75 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 1/003-123 thru 141.]
John White collection, about 1939, 10 photographs [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1/040-2.]
Texas Supreme Court Photograph, 1875, 1 photograph [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1972/177.]
Austin History Center
Chalberg Collection of Prints and Negatives, 1900-1940.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas State Capitol interior photograph collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number unknown

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at an unknown date.

Processing Information

Processing and EAD finding aid prepared by Halley Grogan, June 2013

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Texas State Capitol interior photograph collection, 1909-1915, bulk 1910,
0.5 cubic ft.

Box Photo
PP0001 1/006-1 Adjutant General's office, Colonel Edwin M. Phelps seated with secretary in his office, 1910
1/006-2 Basement, books in disorder, about 1910
1/006-3 Basement, books in disorder, about 1910
1/006-4 Basement, books in disorder, about 1910
1/006-5 Basement, books in disorder, about 1910
1/006-6 Basement, books in disorder, about 1910
1/006-7 Basement, books in disorder, about 1910
1/006-8 Basement, printing staff, molds, and presses, about 1910
1/006-9 Basement, printing staff, molds, and presses, about 1910
1/006-10 Board of Pardons, Judge William M. McKinney seated in his office, about 1910
1/006-11 Comptroller's office and unidentified persons, about 1910
1/006-12 Comptroller's office and unidentified persons, 1910
1/006-13 Comptroller's office and unidentified persons, 1910
1/006-14 Comptroller's office and unidentified persons, 1910
1/006-15 Court of Civil Appeals, Judge John A. Martin, about 1910
1/006-16 Court of Criminal Appeals and Judge Felix J. McCord, Assistant Attorney General, about 1910
1/006-17 Court of Criminal Appeals and Judge William F. Ramsey, 1910
1/006-18 Court of Criminal Appeals, stenographer's room, about 1910
1/006-19 Court of Criminal Appeals and Judge William L. Davidson, 1910
1/006-20 Court of Criminal Appeals, stenographer's room, about 1910
Box Photo
PP0002 1/006-21 Fourth floor watchman, Mr. McInnis and an unidentified man, about 1910
1/006-22 Governor's Business office, 1910
1/006-23 Fourth floor, Railroad Commission room, 1910
1/006-24 Fourth floor, Railroad Commission room, 1910
1/006-25 Railroad Commission, Engineering Division, 1912
1/006-26 Railroad Commission, Engineering Division, about 1910
1/006-27 Secretary of State's office, Comptroller's office, 1910
1/006-28 Superintendent of buildings and yards, Railroad Commission, 1910
1/006-29 Treasurer's office and unidentified persons, 1910
1/006-30 Mr. McDaniel's office, about 1910
1/006-31 Unidentified office, 1915
1/006-32 Unidentified office, about 1910
1/006-33 Texas Library and Historical Commission traveling library books, basement, about 1910
1/006-34 Basement, showing books in disorder, about 1910
1/006-35 Basement of State Library, showing books in disorder, December 1910
1/006-36 Basement of State Library, showing books in disorder, February 1909
1/006-37 Basement of State Library, showing books in disorder, February 1909
1/006-38 State Library in Capitol building, desk, about 1910
1/006-39 State Library in Capitol building, stacks, December 1910
1/006-40 State Library in Capitol building, exhibits, February 1909
1/006-41 State Library main room, unidentified persons, 1910
Box Photo
PPG001 1/006-1 and 2 Glass plate negatives, 1909-1915
1/006-4 thru 41 Glass plate negatives, 1909-1915

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