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Overview

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Fannie Ratchford photograph collection, about 1933-1947,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Fannie Ratchford:

An Inventory of the Fannie Ratchford Photograph Collection at the Texas State Archives, about 1933-1947



Overview

Creator: Ratchford, Fannie Elizabeth, 1888-
Title: Fannie Ratchford photograph collection
Dates: about 1933-1947
Abstract: The Fannie Ratchford photograph collection contains photographic material gathered and created by Ratchford for a project to describe and document architecturally noteworthy Texas houses built in the nineteenth century. The collection includes over 2,500 photographs, nine postcards, seven pencil sketches, and one woodcut, dating from about 1933 to 1947. Apparently lack of funds and time combined to prevent the completion of the projected book, but the images documenting her research are an invaluable resource of the Texas building arts.
Quantity: 6.25 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Biographical Sketch

Fannie Elizabeth Ratchford, librarian and scholar, was born on June 5, 1887, in Paint Rock, Texas. She taught school in Brownwood, Fort Worth, and various West Texas towns while attending college intermittently. She entered the University of Texas in 1905 and completed one year of study, then attended Daniel Baker College in Brownwood (1911-1912) and the University of Kansas (summer 1914) before returning to the University of Texas for two summer sessions (1918 and 1919). She graduated in 1919 with a B.A. from the university and did subsequent work by correspondence at the University of Kansas. She was awarded a master's degree in 1921.

From 1919 until she retired in 1957, Ratchford was associated with the rare book collections at the University of Texas at Austin. During her tenure as librarian—a term she considered inappropriate because of her lack of formal training in library science—Ratchford insisted on special cataloging and treatment to preserve the materials under her care. She also promoted recognition of the collections in the scholarly community through exhibitions and publications.

Ratchford's scholarly interests had their genesis in the Wrenn Library, now a part of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. She wrote or edited numerous books and articles in her lifetime, ranging from her first publication, Some Reminiscences of Persons and Incidents of the Civil War (1909), as told to her by her father, to works on genealogy, folklore, local history and English literature. In addition, as a member of the first Book Club of Texas she did pioneering work in promoting fine printing in the state. Her edition of A.W. Terrell's From Texas to Mexico and the Court of Maximilian in 1865 was named one of the "fifty books of the year" by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Ratchford's endeavors were supported in part by Guggenheim fellowships for 1929-1930, 1939-1940, and 1957-1958, and by Laura Spelman Rockefeller research fellowships for 1934-1936. Other honors conferred on her included the Texas Ex-Students' Association Centennial Lecture Award (1936) for a series of lectures she delivered in Texas colleges and an honorary LL.D. from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio (1954). After her retirement in 1957, Fannie Ratchford assisted in editing the Oxford edition of the complete works of the Brontës. She died in Austin on February 9, 1974.

(Leach, Sally Sparks, "Ratchford, Fannie Elizabeth,"The Handbook of Texas Online. accessed July 3, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.)

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Fannie Ratchford photograph collection contains photographic material gathered and created by Ratchford for a project to describe and document architecturally noteworthy Texas houses built in the nineteenth century, the majority of which were built prior to the Civil War. Ratchford surveyed houses from over 180 different towns in Texas during this project. Funding for the project was provided by a Rockefeller fellowship and a lack of funds and time may have combined to prevent the completion of Ratchford's projected book. The collection includes over 2,500 photographs, nine postcards, seven pencil sketches, and one woodcut, dating from about 1933 to 1947. The images and prints vary in size, ranging from small 2.5 x 3 inch snapshots to larger 8 x 10 inch photographs. A small number of 8 x 10 inch prints were created by the Historic American Buildings Survey and can be designated by the "TEX ###" sign that appears in each image. All other images were created by Ratchford. Modern 8 x 10 inch silver gelatin copy prints were most likely printed from vintage negatives by contract photographer Bill Malone in the 1970's.

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. Select images can be found on the Texas State Archives Flickr site.

These photographs were originally donated with manuscript material as a part of the Fannie Ratchford collection. Correspondence, questionnaires, notes, clippings and lists created during Ratchford's survey project can be found in the Fannie Ratchford collection. See Related Material for more information about this collection.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged alphabetically by town or county, and alphabetically by the names of the home owners or builders within each town or county division. The last two boxes contain smaller prints of all previous photographs, arranged numerically by the photograph item number.
A detailed inventory of the individual photographs is available at the Texas State Library and Archives. Please contact the Archives reference desk for more information.

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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 Law 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 the 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.
Corporate Names:
Historic American Buildings Survey.
Subjects:
Dwellings--Texas--Pictorial works.
Architecture, Domestic--Texas--Pictorial works.
Places:
Texas--Historic houses, etc.--Pictorial works.
Document Types:
Photographs--Texas--Dwellings--about 1933-1947.
Postcards--Texas--Dwellings--about 1933-1947.
Pencil works--Texas--Dwellings--about 1933-1947.

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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 in this finding aid. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Fannie Ratchford collection, about 1933-1947, 11.59 cubic ft.
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic American Landscapes Survey

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Accession Information

Accession number: 1970/101

These records were donated to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Fannie Ratchford on April 30, 1970.

Processing Information

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

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Fannie Ratchford photograph collection, about 1933-1947,
6.25 cubic ft.

Box Photo
PP0184 1970/101-1 thru 10 Anahuac
[2 folders]
1970/101-11 thru 49 Anderson
[8 folders]
1970/101-50 thru 92 Austin
[9 folders]
1970/101-93 thru 97 Austin, Bastrop
Box Photo
PP0185 1970/101-98 thru 111 Austin, Bastrop
[4 folders]
1970/101-112 thru 114 Austin, Cameron
1970/101-115 thru 123 Austin, Round Rock
[2 folders]
1970/101-124 Austin, Salado
1970/101-125 Austin, Walnut Creek
1970/101-126 thru 156 Bastrop
[7 folders]
1970/101-157 thru 158 Bastrop, Hemphill Prairie
1970/101-159 thru 163 Bastrop, Hill's Prairie
[2 folders]
1970/101-164 Beaumont
1970/101-165 thru 173 Beaumont, Taylor's Bayou
[2 folders]
1970/101-174 thru 175 Beaumont, Wiess Bluff
1970/101-176 thru 177 Boerne
1970/101-178 Bonham
1970/101-179 thru 181 Border
1970/101-182 thru 197 Brazoria
[3 folders]
Box Photo
PP0186 1970/101-198 thru 222 Brazoria
[5 folders]
1970/101-223 thru 224 Bremond
1970/101-225 thru 228 Brenham
[2 folders]
1970/101-229 thru 230 Brown's Prairie
1970/101-231 thru 239 Brownsville
[2 folders]
1970/101-240 thru 243 Burkville
1970/101-244 thru 250 Calaveras
[2 folders]
1970/101-251 thru 258 Cameron
1970/101-259 thru 262 Carmine
1970/101-263 thru 265 Carthage
1970/101-266 thru 304 Castroville
[9 folders]
Box Photo
PP0187 1970/101-305 thru 307 Center
1970/101-308 thru 312 Center Point
1970/101-313 thru 314 Cestohora
1970/101-315 thru 320 Chapel Hill
[3 folders]
1970/101-321 Charengo
1970/101-322 thru 324 Chatfield
1970/101-325 thru 326 Cherry Springs
1970/101-327 thru 344 Clarksville
[4 folders]
1970/101-345 thru 349 Clifton
[2 folders]
1970/101-350 thru 358 Columbus
[2 folders]
1970/101-359 Comfort
[1 photograph]
1970/101-360 thru 363 Copano
1970/101-364 thru 382 Corpus Christi
[4 folders]
1970/101-383 thru 384 Corsicana
1970/101-385 thru 386 Cotton Gin
1970/101-387 thru 402 Crockett
[4 folders]
Box Photo
PP0188 1970/101-403 thru 408 Culvitas
1970/101-409 thru 411 Dallas
1970/101-412 thru 423 Dawson
[2 folders]
1970/101-424 Dessau
1970/101-425 thru 433 Dew
[3 folders]
1970/101-434 thru 451 D'Hanis
[3 folders]
1970/101-452 Douglas
1970/101-453 thru 454 Dresden
1970/101-455 thru 476 Eagle Pass
[5 folders]
1970/101-477 thru 478 Elgin
1970/101-479 El Paso
1970/101-480 thru 481 El Tule
1970/101-482 thru 487 Fairfield
1970/101-488 Fentress
1970/101-489 thru 490 Fincastle
1970/101-491 thru 504 Floresville
[2 folders]
Box Photo
PP0189 1970/101-505 Franklin, Wheelock
1970/101-506 thru 510 Frankston
1970/101-511 thru 515 Fredericksburg
1970/101-516 thru 518 Fort Cibolo
1970/101-519 thru 523 Fort Clark
1970/101-524 thru 525 Fort Davis
1970/101-526 thru 539 Fort Leaton
[3 folders]
1970/101-540 thru 541 Fort McKavett
1970/101-542 thru 590 Galveston
[11 folders]
Box Photo
PP0190 1970/101-591 thru 595 Gause
1970/101-596 thru 604 Gay Hill
[2 folders]
1970/101-605 Geneva
1970/101-606 thru 608 Glenfawn
1970/101-609 thru 644 Goliad
[11 folders]
1970/101-645 Grandbury
1970/101-646 thru 651 Graytown
[2 folders]
1970/101-652 thru 655 Helena
1970/101-656 thru 663 Hemphill
[2 folders]
1970/101-664 thru 666 Hempstead
1970/101-667 thru 668 Henderson
Box Photo
PP0191 1970/101-669 thru 671 Hondo
1970/101-672 Honey Grove
1970/101-673 thru 676 Houston
1970/101-677 thru 684 Huntsville
[2 folders]
1970/101-685 thru 712 Independence
[6 folders]
1970/101-713 thru 725 Industry
[3 folders]
1970/101-726 thru 737 Jasper
[3 folders]
1970/101-738 thru 755 Jefferson
[4 folders]
Box Photo
PP0192 1970/101-756 thru 761 Johnson Station
1970/101-762 Kaufman
1970/101-763 thru 766 Kentucky Town
1970/101-767 thru 768 Kickapoo
1970/101-769 thru 770 Kyle
1970/101-771 thru 783 LaGrange
[4 folders]
1970/101-784 thru 806 Lamar
[6 folders]
1970/101-807 thru 811 Lancaster
1970/101-812 thru 824 Laredo
[3 folders]
1970/101-825 thru 845 Larissa
[5 folders]
Box Photo
PP0193 1970/101-846 thru 848 Lavaca
1970/101-849 Leon Springs
1970/101-850 thru 852 Liberty
1970/101-853 Limestone County
1970/101-854 thru 858 Livingston
1970/101-859 thru 861 Llano
1970/101-862 thru 867 Lockhart
1970/101-868 thru 880 Lufkin
[3 folders]
1970/101-881 thru 884 Manor
1970/101-885 thru 898, 901 thru 904 McKinney
[4 folders]
Box Photo
PPB038 1970/101-899, 900, and 905 McKinney
[5 sketches]
Box Photo
PP0193 1970/101-906 thru 943 Marshall
[9 folders]
Box Photo
PP0194 1970/101-944 thru 946 Martindale
1970/101-947 Maydell
1970/101-948 Milam
1970/101-949 thru 964 Mission Valley
[4 folders]
1970/101-965 thru 970 Montgomery
1970/101-971 thru 974 Mt. Enterprise
1970/101-975 thru 978 Mt. Pleasant
1970/101-979 thru 993 Mt. Vernon
[5 folders]
1970/101-994 Muldoon
1970/101-995 thru 1008 Nacogdoches
[4 folders]
1970/101-1009 thru 1023 Navasota
[5 folders]
1970/101-1024 thru 1030 New Boston
[2 folders]
Box Photo
PP0195 1970/101-1031 thru 1046 New Boston
[3 folders]
1970/101-1047 thru 1048 New Foundland
1970/101-1049 thru 1053 Orange
1970/101-1054 thru 1072 Palestine
[5 folders]
1970/101-1073 thru 1079 Panna Maria
[2 folders]
1970/101-1080 thru 1083 Paris
1970/101-1084 Parker County
1970/101-1085 Pendleton
1970/101-1086 thru 1097 Pittsburg
[3 folders]
1970/101-1098 thru 1116 Plantersville
[4 folders]
Box Photo
PP0196 1970/101-1117 thru 1120 Prairie Lea
1970/101-1121 thru 1126 Preston Bend
[2 folders]
1970/101-1127 thru 1142 Quihi
[5 folders]
1970/101-1143 thru 1145 Randado
1970/101-1146 Red River
1970/101-1147 thru 1151 Refugio
1970/101-1152 thru 1156 Rio Grande City
1970/101-1157 thru 1162 Roan's Prairie
[2 folders]
1970/101-1163 Roma
1970/101-1164 thru 1183 Round Rock
[6 folders]
1970/101-1184 thru 1187 Round Top
1970/101-1188 thru 1195 Rusk
[2 folders]
Box Photo
PP0197 1970/101-1196 thru 1197 Sabine Pass
1970/101-1198 thru 1201 Sabine Town
1970/101-1202 thru 1208 Saenz
[2 folders]
1970/101-1209 thru 1213, 1215 thru 1229 Salado
[6 folders]
Box Photo
PPB038 1970/101-1214 Salado
[2 sketches]
Box Photo
PP0197 1970/101-1230 thru 1271 San Antonio
[12 folders]
Box Photo
PP0198 1970/101-1272 thru 1297 San Augustine
[8 folders]
1970/101-1298 San Augustine-Nacogdoches
1970/101-1299 thru 1304 San Diego
[2 folders]
1970/101-1305 thru 1306 San Elizario
1970/101-1307 thru 1311 San Marcos
1970/101-1312 thru 1314 San Patricio
1970/101-1315 thru 1329 San Ygnacio
[3 folders]
1970/101-1330 Savoy
1970/101-1331 Scottsville
Box Photo
PPB038 1970/101-1332 and 1333 Scottsville
Box Photo
PP0198 1970/101-1334 thru 1360 Seguin
[6 folders]
Box Photo
PP0199 1970/101-1361 thru 1383 Seguin
[6 folders]
1970/101-1384 thru 1400 Shelbyville
[5 folders]
1970/101-1401 Shiro
1970/101-1402 thru 1404 Sisterdale
1970/101-1405 thru 1407 Somerset
1970/101-1408 thru 1416 Sutherland Springs
[2 folders]
1970/101-1417 thru 1422 Tarrant County
[2 folders]
1970/101-1423 thru 1425 Taylor-Circleville
1970/101-1426 thru 1428 Tennessee Colony
1970/101-1429 thru 1443 Thomaston
[6 folders]
1970/101-1444 Titus-Morris Counties
1970/101-1445 Tyler
1970/101-1446 thru 1447 Utopia
Box Photo
PP0200 1970/101-1448 thru 1512 Victoria
[13 folders]
1970/101-1513 thru 1518 Von Ormy
1970/101-1519 thru 1544 Waco
[9 folders]
Box Photo
PP0201 1970/101-1545 thru 1553 Washington
[3 folders]
1970/101-1554 thru 1558 Waverly
1970/101-1559 West Columbia
1970/101-1560 thru 1563 Wheelock
1970/101-1564 Whitewright
1970/101-1565 and 1566 Winchester
1970/101-1567 and 1568 Zapata
1970/101-1569 thru 1602 Unidentified, prints
[7 folders]
Box Photo
PP0202 1970/101-1603 thru 1657 Unidentified, prints
[13 folders]
Box Photo
PPB038 1970/101-1658 Unidentified, woodcut
[2 prints]
Box Photo
PP0202.1 1970/101-1 and 898 Anahuac-McKinney
Box Photo
PP0202.2 1970/101-901 and 1628 McKinney-Unidentified

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