Texas State Library and Archives Commission

L.J. Whitmeyer:

An Inventory of the L.J. Whitmeyer Glass Plate Negatives Collection at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Archives, about 1890-about 1910



Overview

Collector: Whitmeyer, Jack, Jr., 1921-2010.
Title: L.J. Whitmeyer glass plate negatives collection
Dates: about 1890-about 1910
Abstract: The L.J. Whitmeyer glass plate negatives collection consists of 39 glass plate negatives of Hardin County, Texas, dating about 1890-about 1910. Select images within this collection were created by photographers Hughes and Lane of Batson, Texas. Images are of group portraits, street scenes and the surrounding area of Saratoga and Batson, Texas. Some of the plates are cracked, broken or damaged. These materials have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.
Quantity: 0.75 cubic ft.
Location: Please note that these records are housed at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, P.O. Box 310, Liberty, Texas 77575, 936-336-8821.
Language: These materials are in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Biographical Sketch

L. Jack Whitmeyer was born on May 8, 1921 to L. Jack Whitmeyer, Sr. and Martha Pearl Nall in Port Arthur, Texas. Whitmeyer was a longtime resident of Colmesneil, Texas and worked for Sun Oil as an electronic research engineer. He was involved in Boy Scouts for over 30 years and was active in the Tyler County Heritage Society, the Tyler County Historical Commission, Colmesneil Cemetery Association, Texas State Archeological Society, and the IEEE (Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers), and he was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a lifetime member of the Woodville Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp. As a local publisher, he tried to print the glass plate negatives on equipment he had in his home. He worked with Clyde Grey at the Tyler County Heritage Village Musuem to promote local history and established the Whitmeyer Genealogy Library, which included many resources from his personal collection. He died in Colmesneil in June 2010.

(Sources include: Powers, Jim. "Local Historian Jack Whitmeyer dead at 89." and Taylor, Sandy. "Jack Whitmeyer great friend to Village dies."The Tyler County Booster, June 17, 2010, Vol. 84, No. 24; accessed October 20, 2016.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The L.J. Whitmeyer glass plate negatives collection consists of 39 glass plate negatives of Hardin County, Texas, dating about 1890-about 1910. Select images within this collection were created by photographers Hughes and Lane of Batson, Texas; other creators are unknown. Images are of group portraits, street scenes and the surrounding area of Saratoga and Batson, Texas. Many of the portraits include couples, families, and small groups of men and women in various locations including a photography studio, store interiors, and outdoors in front yards or wooded areas. Street scenes include crowds along main street or in front of buildings including the Crosby House, Spencer's Drug Co., and the Turf Exchange Bar and Billiard Hall in Batson, Texas. Images of industry in the area include oil fields with men at work and a lumber yard. Besides people, these images include horses and horse-drawn conveyances.

Some of the plates are cracked, broken or have damaged emulsion. When different images share one plate it is noted in the box inventory. The majority of the image descriptions were created by Archives staff. Some plates have numbers scratched into the emulsion but it is unclear what these numbers signify since that they are not on every plate. The plates seem to be out of their original order considering that some images of couples or groups of people are spread throughout the collection. Images include some of the same people and settings as those images in the Clyde and Thelma See glass plate negatives collection.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


Arrangement of the Collection

These images were numbered by Sam Houston Center staff in the same order as they were received.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Due to the fragility of the glass plate negatives, the digital copies must be used instead of the original negatives.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished works are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. 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

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Oil fields--Texas--Hardin County--Pictorial works.
Streetscapes (Urban design)--Texas--Hardin County--Pictorial works.
Places:
Batson (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Hardin County (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Saratoga (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Document Types:
Glass plate negatives--Texas.
Group portraits--Texas.
Studio portraits--Texas.

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.

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
Clyde and Thelma See glass plate negative collection, about 1905-about 1920, 2.5 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), L.J. Whitmeyer glass plate negatives collection. Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1997.108

This collection was donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by L.J. Whitmeyer on June 11, 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Halley Grogan, September 2016

Other Formats for the Collection

Photographs described in this finding aid have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/prints-and-photo-collections/whitmeyer-glass-plate-negatives/.


Detailed Description of the Collection

L.J. Whitmeyer glass plate negatives collection, about 1890-about 1910,
0.75 cubic ft.

Box Photo
1997.108-1 1997.108-1 Steel, oil tank, fire, Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-2.]
1997.108-2 High Life in Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-1; photo by Hughes and Lane.]
1997.108-3 Main Street, Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-4.]
1997.108-4 Bayou fire, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-3.]
1997.108-5 Oil field, Saratoga, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-6 Earthen oil tank, Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-7.]
1997.108-7 A Batson prisoner, Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-6; photo by Hughes and Lane.]
1997.108-8 A Batson prisoner, Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[Same image 1997.108-7; photo by Hughes and Lane.]
1997.108-9 Men standing in front of E. Keeler Co. machinery, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-10 Sharpes fire, Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-11.]
1997.108-11 Hauling boilers to field, Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-10.]
1997.108-12 Group portrait in front of porch, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-13 Street scene in Batson, Texas, includes the Crosby House, Spencer Drug Co., and the Turf Exchange Bar and Billiard Hall, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-14 Two couples in horse drawn carriage, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-15 Group portrait in front of large plant, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-16 Fire in field, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-17 High life in Saratoga, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
Box Photo
1997.108-2 1997.108-18 "The Round Up", Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-19 Bungalow, Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-20 Two men on horse in lake, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-21 Group portrait around lake with five people standing in the water, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-22 Group portrait, interior view of shop, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-23 Group portrait around lake with four people standing in the water, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-24 Group portrait of five women, one standing in a barrel, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-25.]
1997.108-25 Group portrait of five women, one standing in a barrel, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-24.]
1997.108-26 Man standing in front of home with saddled horse, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[H.D.H. scratched into emulsion on roof of house.]
1997.108-27 Two men posing for behind counter, interior of store, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[Corner of plate is broken and missing.]
1997.108-28 Group portrait of men in woods with cards and drinks, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-29 Group portrait of men in lumberyard, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-30 Fire in oil field, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-31 A Batson oil gusher, Riley No. 1, a well with a history, Batson, Texas, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-32; photo by Hughes and Lane.]
1997.108-32 Dynamite explosion, Batson, Texas, November 1, 1904
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[On same plate as image 1997.108-31.]
Box Photo
1997.108-3 1997.108-33 Street scene, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-34 Oil field with gusher, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
[Emulsion is damaged.]
1997.108-35 Men near oil field with cattle pulling carts, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-36a and 36b Portrait of a couple, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-37 Swearingen, cabinet card portrait of two women in costumes, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
[Copy of O.T. Guthrie cabinet card.]
[Emulsion is damaged.]
1997.108-38 Portrait of two women and one man, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-39 Portrait of two boys, about 1890-about 1910
[one 5 x 7 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-40a and 40b Portrait of a young man, wearing three piece suit, seated and standing, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-41a and 41b Portrait of a young man, seated and standing, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-42 Portrait of a young man, sitting in window, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-43 Bust portrait of a young man, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-44 Portrait of a couple, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
1997.108-45 Portrait of a young man, seated, holding and wearing a hat, about 1890-about 1910
[one 7 x 9 inch glass plate negative]
[Emulsion is damaged.]