University of Texas Arlington

Texas Photograph Collection:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at Arlington, Collector.
Title: Texas Photograph Collection
Dates: Approximately 1830-1987.
Abstract: The Texas Photograph Collection is an ongoing collection of photographic materials depicting varied aspects of life and history throughout Texas. The photographs, negatives and lantern slides are of various sizes, including such subjects as people, events, cities, animals, and scenes from across Texas.
Identification: AR323
Quantity: 10 boxes (3.66 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The introduction of various photographic methods during the nineteenth century brought about wider usage of the medium to capture images of everyday life. Though the subjects of the photographs in this collection may have changed greatly or no longer exist, the images have survived and recorded views of people, places, everyday subjects, and even curiosities across Texas during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Scope and Contents

The Texas Photograph Collection consists of photographic materials which document varied aspects of Texas life and history. This in an ongoing collection comprised of numerous accessions. Materials in the collection are grouped together for ease of patron access. The materials are organized alphabetically within four series: Places, People, Subjects, and Lantern Slides and Negatives. When known, the photographer is listed. This collection is a rich resource of photographic images offering a pictorial journey through Texas history.


The Texas Photograph Collection is organized in four series.
Series I. Places (1873-1983), 4 boxes and 24 oversize folders, 1.85 linear ft.
- Subseries A. Tarrant County
- Subseries B. Other Texas Locales
Series II. People (1865-1987), 1 box and 4 oversize folders, 0.45 linear ft.
- Subseries A. Families
- Subseries B. Groups
- Subseries C. Individuals
Series III. Subjects (1870-1985), 1 box, 0.4 linear ft.
Series IV. Lantern Slides and Negatives (approximately 1830-1900), 1 oversize box, 0.48 linear ft.



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Bryant family--Photographs.
Mock family -- Photographs.
Kidd family--Photographs.
Terrell family--Photographs.
Renfro family--Photographs.
Photograph collections--Texas.
Fire stations--Texas--Photographs.
Business enterprises--Texas--Photographs.
Church buildings--Texas--Photographs.
Barber shops--Texas--Photographs.
Oil fields--Texas--Photographs.
Church buildings--Texas--Photographs.
Railroad stations--Texas--Photographs.
Department stores--Texas--Photographs.
Arlington (Tex.)--Photographs.
Texas--Social life and customs--Photographs.
Arlington (Tex.)--Photographs.
Arlington (Tex.)--Photographs.
Amarillo (Tex.)--Photographs.
Arlington (Tex.)--Photographs.
Austin (Tex.)--Photographs.
Bonham (Tex.)--Photographs.
Brown County (Tex.)--Photographs.
Brownsville (Tex.)--Photographs.
Cleburne (Tex.)--Photographs.
Cresson (Tex.)--Photographs.
Crowell (Tex.)--Photographs.
Dallas (Tex.)--Photographs.
Decatur (Tex.)--Photographs.
Denton (Tex.)--Photographs.
Desdemona (Tex.)--Photographs.
El Paso (Tex.)--Photographs.
Fort Sam Houston (Tex.)--Photographs.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--Photographs.
Galveston (Tex.)--Photographs.
Graham (Tex.)--Photographs.
Grandview (Tex.)--Photographs.
Guthrie (Tex.)--Photographs.
Hico (Tex.)--Photographs.
Hillsboro (Tex.)--Photographs.
Humble (Tex.)--Photographs.
Lemonville (Tex.)--Photographs.
Levelland (Tex.)--Photographs.
Marble Falls (Tex.)--Photographs.
Mart (Tex.)--Photographs.
Mineral Wells (Tex.)--Photographs.
Nacogdoches (Tex.)--Photographs.
New Birmingham (Tex.)--Photographs.
Nocona (Tex.)--Photographs.
Salado (Tex.)--Photographs.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Photographs.
Sanger (Tex.)--Photographs.
Seymour (Tex.)--Photographs.
Sherman (Tex.)--Photographs.
Stamford (Tex.)--Photographs.
Sutherland (Tex.)--Photographs.
Sweetwater (Tex.)--Photographs.
Tarrant County (Tex.)--Photographs.
Terrell (Tex.)--Photographs.
Texas City (Tex.)--Photographs.
Waco (Tex.)--Photographs.
Waxahachie (Tex.)--Photographs.
Weatherford (Tex.)--Photographs.
Wichita Falls (Tex.)--Photographs.
Alternate Titles
Photograph Collections.

Administrative Information


Texas Photograph Collection, AR323, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Gift and purchase, various dates. Accessioned under various numbers based on acquisition date.

Processing Information

Container List

Places 1870-1983
4 boxes and 24 OS folders, 1.85 linear ft.

Tarrant County 1885-1983
1 box and 11 oversized folders, 0.51 linear ft.
Arlington, Texas (96-14), 1924
Model Store; and scene showing two early churches and first ball field. (2 photographs)
Arlington, Texas - Aerial Photographs (96-26), 1950s
(3 photographs)
Arlington, Texas - Hawkins Cemetery (2011-5), undated
Men with shovels, some leaning on gravestones.
Arlington, Texas - Lake Arlington Wiener Roast (2010-125), undated
Jerry, Cindy Turner, Dwayne Thompson at wiener roast.
Fort Worth, Texas - Aerial View (2009-88), late 1930s
Bomber plant airfield and Liberator Village sites near Lake Worth.
Fort Worth, Texas - Al Hayne Memorial (87-601), undated
Fort Worth, Texas - Appliances (2016-61), undated
Commercial photograph.
Fort Worth, Texas - Barber Shops (96-12), undated
(7 photographs)
Fort Worth, Texas - Bell Helicopter (2013-9), approximately 1942 - approximately 1964
Three aerial views, one interior of Globe Plant. Plant located at Blue Mound and Wautaga Roads. (4 photographs)
Fort Worth, Texas - Buildings (98-37), 1931-1932
Aviation Building, Sinclair Building, and Texas Pacific Building. (4 photographs)
Fort Worth, Texas - Businesses (2011-13), undated
F. N. Griggs Groceries and R.P. Glenn Dry Goods.
Fort Worth, Texas - Casino Beach (2013-43), approximately 1936-1937
Fort Worth, Texas - Centennial (96-45), 1936
Horses at parking meters; four Rangerettes. (3 photographs)
Fort Worth, Texas - Churches - Broadway Baptist Church (2001-43), 1949
Photograph of congregation.
Fort Worth, Texas - Churches - First Methodist Church (91-1746), 1930s
Fort Worth, Texas - Early Fort Worth (91-63), undated
Drawing depicts and identifies buildings around early courthouse square.
Fort Worth, Texas - Fort Worth City Hall and Police Station (95-52), 1929
Fort Worth, Texas - Fire Stations (2002-57-2 to 2002-57-6), approximately 1890s-1936
12th Street and Main; Station No. 4 at Belmont Street, North Side; Station No. 5 in the 500 block of Bryan; Station No. 7 at 1601 New York and Station No. 9. (5 photographs)
Fort Worth, Texas - Flood Scenes (2010-8), May 17, 1949
(17 photographs)
Fort Worth, Texas - Hotel Chandler (2012-39), 1917
Lobby of what is now the Stockyards Hotel.
Fort Worth, Texas - Industrial Area (96-28), 1950s
Pittsburg Plate Glass Co.
Fort Worth, Texas - Leonard Brothers Toyland Monorail (2010-39), approximately 1949
Fort Worth, Texas - Library - Carnegie Library (2000-60-1), undated
Fort Worth, Texas - Montgomery Ward & Co. (2008-34), approximately 1930s
Ward’s radio entertainers. Camera Craft.
Fort Worth, Texas - Motel (2016-54), undated
Exterior view (photographer Bill Wood).
Fort Worth, Texas - Oakwood Cemetery Chapel (92-29), 1983
Stained glass windows. (2 photographs)
Fort Worth, Texas - Residence - 1501 N. Ballinger (Bobo) (2001-44), approximately 1890s-1900s
Fort Worth, Texas - Residence - 6220 Greenway Road, Ridglea (2001-44), 1956
Fort Worth, Texas - St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Fort Worth City Hall (86-746), approximately 1885-1890
McCormick farm equipment gathering.
Fort Worth, Texas - Street Scene - Houston Street (2002-57-7), approximately 1940
Fort Worth, Texas - Street Scene - 1312 North Main Street (2011-6), undated
Commercial block including La Belle Apartments and Norman Bros. Radiator Shop. Title block on three story building includes the name “Rosen.”
Fort Worth, Texas - Street Scene - West Seventh Street (87-601), approximately 1978
(2 photographs)
Fort Worth, Texas - Texas & Pacific Railway Passenger Station Fire (2009-58), 1904
C. L. Swartz, photographer.
Fort Worth, Texas - Texas Spring Palace (2009-87), 1889
G. C. Rhine, photographer.
Fort Worth, Texas - Texas Spring Palace (2005-22), May 1890
Swartz Art Parlor, photographer. (3 photographs)
Fort Worth, Texas - Texas Spring Palace (87-601), undated
Fort Worth, Texas - Traction Co. Car Barn (93-386), undated
Located at Lancaster and Virginia Avenue; Carl Bryan Henderson identified. Blessing Photo Supply Co.
Other Texas Locales 1870-1980
3 boxes and 13 OS folders, 1.34 linear ft.
Amarillo, Texas (96-45), undated
Cutting a railroad.
Amarillo, Texas (99-12), approximately early 1900s
Train station just before sunset.
Archer County, Texas (2005-3), undated
Ford cars parked in front of the W. C. Young Land Co. office.
Austin, Texas (91-66), 1951
Memorial Stadium half time ceremony, Fall 1951, Raymond Nash, USAF, photographer.
Axtell, Texas (2011-7), undated
Cotton gin, Jacob Taylor identified. See also Waco, Texas.
Big Bend, Texas (2016-61), May 29, 1961
2 photographs by photographer Edward J. Simmons.
Bonham, Texas (2016-55), undated
Four men posed in a photo studio, (photographer W.U. Trimble).
Breckenridge, Texas (2003-7), undated
(4 photographs)
Breckenridge, Texas - Store Interior (2016-54), undated
(1 photograph)
Brown County, Texas - Centennial (93-18), 1956
Marching band in Centennial Celebration Parade.
Brownsville, Texas (99-12), undated
Deer hunt, fern garden. (2 photographs)
Brownsville, Texas - International Bridge (99-12), approximately 1920s
Carrollton, Texas - Cattle, Josey Rancho (86-27), undated
(7 photographs)
Cleburne, Texas - Businesses (2011-3), undated
Downtown general store.
Clifton, Texas - Old Mill (2011-99), undated
Old mill on the Brazos River, swimmers in water.
Cresson, Texas - Chadwick Bros. Farm Supply (2010-18), undated
Crowell, Texas (2009-95), 1911
Dallas, Texas - Advertising Car, undated
Man behind the wheel of a car with advertisements on the side.
Dallas, Texas - Aerial Views (2012-71), 1945
Downtown and view of downtown from the south towards the northwest.
Dallas, Texas - Baptist Church (2016-61), undated
Aerial view of Dallas area Baptist Church as parishioners leave.
Dallas, Texas - Commerce Street Bridge (2009-53), April 20, 1908
Dallas, Texas - Crotty and Miller Building, 303 Commerce (2002-3), undated
Dallas, Texas - Elm Street Parade (no accession number), July 4, 1912
Jno. J. Johnson, photographer.
Dallas, Texas - Fair Park, Cotton Bowl (2001-43), approximately 1980
Dallas, Texas - Fair Park, Hall of State (2001-43), approximately 1940s
Dallas, Texas - Hotel Adolphus, Century Room (2014-30), undated
Group of six people around a dinner table in the Century Room.
Dallas, Texas - Mercantile Bank Building (2016-61), undated
3 aerial views from similar direction.
Dallas, Texas - Residence, 4712 Lakeside Drive (2001-44), 1921
(2 photographs)
Dallas, Texas - Statler Hilton Hotel (2016-61), undated
Aerial view.
Dallas, Texas - St. Paul’s Hospital (2016-61), undated
View from a distance.
Decatur, Texas - Department Stores (96-12), undated
(2 photographs)
Denton, Texas - Denton Grocery Co. (98-13), undated
Group of men outside the store.
Denton, Texas - Farm Machinery (96-45), undated
(2 photographs)
Desdemona, Texas - Oil Boom (90-10), 1919-1921
Hortonspheres located east of Desdemona; a group photo. (4 photographs)
Dicey, Texas - Girls’ Basketball Team (2011-98), 1923
Six member girls’ basketball team with coach Ruth Hutcheson.
El Paso, Texas (no accession number), approximately early 1900s
El Paso, Texas - Photograph portfolio (2010-117), undated
“Greetings from El Paso.” Published by Sandoval News. Subjects include Civic Center; Texas College of Mines; Christ the King statue; San Jacinto Plaza; Valley Road; and downtown, aerial, and mountain views.
Galveston, Texas - Flood (98-13), 1900
Titled, “Among the Wreckage.” (stereocard)
Glen Rose, Texas - Tornado Aftermath (2015-18), April 28, 1902
Graham, Texas - Street Scene (98-13), April 21, 1921
Graham, Texas - Young County Courthouse (98-13), approximately 1890s
Grandview, Texas - Residence (98-13), 1891
G. Criner residence (dog trot style cabin).
Guthrie, Texas - Pitchfork Ranch (2000-60-9), approximately 1956
Legend, with the Pitchfork Ranch letterhead, contains descriptions of the photographs. (12 photographs and legend)
Hereford, Texas - Lodge (2014-30), undated
Interior view.
Hico, Texas - Wetzel Barber Shop (2005-29), approximately 1930s
Interior view.
Hillsboro, Texas - Jewelry Store (2016-54), undated
Interior view.
Hillsboro, Texas - Stuiger’s Laundry (98-13), undated
Exterior view.
Kaufman County, Texas - Courthouse Office (2016-55), undated
Interior view, with a man sitting at a desk.
Kilgore, Texas - Oil Field (2016-54), undated
Two men on an oil platform.
Krum, Texas - Meat Market and Café (2011-100), undated
Interior and exterior views of the Allred & Brooks Meat Market and Café. (2 photographs)
Lemonville, Texas (98-13), undated
Beatrice Lumber Co. saw gang.
Levelland, Texas (96-45), 1927
Groundbreaking for $150,000 new courthouse; old frame courthouse; street scene. (4 photographs mounted on one backing)
Marble Falls, Texas - Marble Quarry (96-45), approximately 1895
Mart, Texas (2009-53), undated
Mart Drug Co., date on building 1901. C. L. Vincent, photographer.
Menard, Texas - Grandstaff Drug Store (2016-54), undated
George Grady Grandstaff Drug Store.
Mineral Wells, Texas - Excursion Wagon (96-45), approximately 1900
Mineral Wells, Texas - Health Resort (96-45), undated
The Oaks, with a group of people on front porch.
Mineral Wells, Texas - Home Interior, undated
A man and woman standing behind tables set with desserts, inside a home.
[Nacogdoches, Texas - Old Stone Fort] (2000-60-4), undated
New Birmingham, Texas (99-3), undated
Officers and stockholders, New Birmingham Iron & Land Company and Southern Hotel. (2 photographs)
Nocona, Texas - Cattle Drovers (86-746), approximately 1870s
(2 photographs)
Salado, Texas - Baptist Church (88-19), June 1962
San Antonio, Texas - Alamo (2010-05), undated
Archeological dig, said to be the remains of the Alamo heroes buried at San Fernando Cathedral. H.L. Summerville, photographer.
San Antonio, Texas—Alamo (2011-83), undated
Exterior view of front of the building. U.S. Air Force photo.
San Antonio, Texas - Map (99-25), undated
Map from Cartographic History Library. (2 photographs)
Sanger, Texas (2009-93), undated
J. O. Crutchfield Dry Goods and other stores along street.
Seymour, Texas (2009-90), 1908, undated
Sharver & Briggs Grain, Coal and Ice building, and Washington Street. (2 photographs)
Sherman, Texas - Businesses (2011-8), 1930
C. Casteel Groceries and Feed.
Stamford, Texas - Bank (2011-12), undated
Bank interior, five men sitting within teller cage.
Stamford, Texas - Fire Department (2005-29), approximately 1908-1909
Group standing in front of Mitchell Wagons/Hardware store.
[Sutherland Springs, Texas] (no accession number), undated
Group in boat on way to see baptism.
Sweetwater, Texas (2011-4), undated
Tire store.
Terrell, Texas - Street Scene (96-45), approximately 1915-1920
Band in parade along street.
Texas City, Texas (99-12), undated
Grain elevator.
Waco, Texas (2011-7), 1919-1922, undated
Photographs pertaining to the Renfro family: Jay Renfro at his produce house (undated); Jay and Ethel Renfro at the Turner Street store (1922); Jay Renfro’s store with lunch counter (undated); and Arthur Taylor driving a Swift & Co. truck (1919-1920). See also Axtell, Texas. (4 photographs)
Waco, Texas - Independence Day Celebration (98-13), 1926
Gildersleeve, photographer.
Waxahachie, Texas - Grocery Store (98-13), approximately 1920
Weatherford, Texas - Businesses (2011-96), undated
Jewelry store interior, Bernice Houer Leel on left.
Weatherford, Texas - Knights of Pythias Widows and Orphans Home Dedication (2009-89), 1911
Weatherford, Texas - Post Office (2011-97), 1914
Post office under construction.
Weatherford, Texas - Watermelon Slicing (2011-64), August 1, 1921
Crowd gathered in front of the Parker Hotel for Tom Watson watermelon slicing. Land, photographer.
West, Texas (2003-7), undated
Wichita Falls, Texas (2009-91), undated
New St. James Hotel and New Huff’s Bank. (2 cyanotype photographs)

People 1865-1987
1 box and 4 OS folders, 0.45 linear ft.

Families 1865-1920
3 folders, 0.05 linear feet.
Bryant Family (98-12), 1906-1908
Drilling oil well, with Bryant family members, Paul D. Edwards, Joe and Sue Giles; David Flint Bryant and John Lillian Edwards horse and buggy outside J. A. Davis Dry Goods and Notions; J. C. Bryant, Mary Ann Bryant, Susan Bryant Edwards and others on porch of Bryant Boarding House; David Flint Bryant and six other oil field workers on floor of wooden oil derrick; and oil field union workers on Labor Day, including David Flint Bryant. Photos are taken in Humble, Texas. (5 photographs)
John Lewis Mock Family (2006-7), [1865-1920]
John Lewis Mock, Mary Frances Hyde Mock, and Uncle Stewart Johnston. Mock was builder of Tarrant County Courthouse. (3 photographs)
Kidd Family (2016-57), 1897, undated,
2 portraits of C.C. Kidd (one dated 1897), 1 portrait of Mrs. J.A. Kidd and 1 photograph group photograph including Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Kidd.
Terrell Family (96-45), undated
Includes Alexander Watkins Terrell, Dr. Terrell, Dr. J. J. Terrell, Maverick Terrell, General Edward Terrell, [unknown] Terrell, Captain J. C. Terrell and Honorable J. J. Terrell. From the manuscript collection of Catherine Terrell McCartney, GA28. See McCartney Papers for additional photographs of the Terrell Family.
Groups 1909-1950
3 folders and 2 OS folders, 0.07 linear ft.
Fort Sam Houston, Texas - Company “B,” 23rd Infantry (2000-57-1), March 4, 1936
Captain Edward C. Johnson, Commander, 1st Sergeant Roland R. Bixby and “B” Company.
Fort Sam Houston, Texas - Food Service School, Graduation Class (??), 1950
Major Nelson Krause, Commandant, 1st Lieutenant Raymond Ruppel, Training Officer, 1st Lieutenant W. O. Lofland, Troop Officer, 1st Sergeant F. H. Bradley and class.
Howard Payne College - Junior Class (94-17), 1909
Includes the names of Junior Class members.
Plano, Texas - Chamber of Commerce Band (2016-54), undated
Group photograph.
Woodmen of the World (2006-2), undated
W.O.W. parade float thought to have been taken in either Round Rock or Briggs, Texas.
Individuals 1894-1987
20 folders and 2 OS folders, 0.12 linear ft.
Stephen F. Austin (2010-07), undated
Bessie Clarice Campbell (1987 donation), 1912-1914
Bessie Clarice Campbell, Forest Park, Fort Worth. Unidentified dentist, Dallas. (2 photographs)
Jessie Deane Crenshaw (92-48), approximately 1927
Inscribed to Grace [Bucher].
James W. Fongard, 1839-1897 (2001-44), undated
Lohn, Galveston, Texas, photographer.
George T. Hawkins (2000-60-3), 1950
Fort Worth police chief.
Bill Hobby, (2016-67), Oct 1981
Portrait of William Pettus “Bill” Hobby Jr., Lt. Governor of Texas from January 16, 1973 - January 15, 1991.
Lyndon B. Johnson and others (no accession number), undated
Signed to Joe Montague by Lyndon B. Johnson.
Lyndon B. Johnson, Frank Downey, and “a plumber” (93-387), [approximately 1968]
John F. Kennedy (no accession number), Nov 22, 1963
President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in the car surrounded by security and a crowd before departing to drive through Dallas, Texas.
W. R. McCaulay (96-52), 1935
Worked at the Masonic Home and School of Texas, Fort Worth. Includes article photocopied from The Master Builder.
Harry McGown (2016-61), undated
Steve Murrin (88-1406), 1987
Taking oath for Fort Worth City Council. Inscribed to Jenkins.
Thomas Lewis Nugent 2012-47), 1894
One-time Populist candidate for Texas governor. Thomason & Leffler, photographer, Fort Worth.
Sam Rayburn (96-51), 1957-1961, undated
Sam Rayburn as he appeared on cover of Time magazine; Rayburn, Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson, Harry S. and Bess Truman at opening of the Rayburn Library; and John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman at Rayburn funeral. (3 photographs)
Will Rogers and others (86-746), before 1934
Frank Hawks, W.T. Waggoner, Will Rogers and Amon G. Carter. Autographed by Hawks.
Edward J. Simmons, Photographer (2016-61), undated
1 photograph, a damaged church.
Edward J. Simmons, Photographer (2016-61), undated
2 photographs; one with entry information for the 1949, 20th Annual Dallas Allied Arts Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.
[Alfonso Steele], Texas Independence Celebration (2000-60-5), undated
K M. VanZandt (2013-31), undated
Portrait, engraving.
William A. A. “Big Foot” Wallace (2010-06), undated
Charles Williams (89-515), undated
Harry Cabluck, photographer.
Bill Wood (2016-56), undated
Photographer Bill Wood with camera standing on top of his car.

Subjects 1870-1985
1 box, 0.4 linear ft.

Automobiles (88-295), undated
Model T Ford.
Aviation (90-324), 1918
First scheduled air mail flight; Boyle taxiing to position.
Buffalo (2000-60-2), undated
Charles Goodnight’s buffalo herd.
Cattle (no accession number), pre-1985
Cow with map of Western Hemisphere on flank.
Cotton Gin (98-13), undated
Thought to be in West Texas.
Cowboy on Horse (86-746), approximately 1870s

Lantern Slides and Negatives approximately 1830-1900
1 OS box, 0.48 linear ft.

Child’s Shoe - Lantern Slide, approximately 1830-1900
Crazy Quilt - Lantern Slide, approximately 1830-1900
Crucifix - Lantern Slide, approximately 1830-1900
Double back chair plate - Print Block, approximately 1830-1900
Lantern Slides Negatives, undated
Maple Cradle - Lantern Slide, approximately 1830-1900
Panel Door - Lantern Slide, approximately 1830-1900
Photograph of slide of Child’s Shoe negative, approximately 1830-1900
Surgeon’s Field Desk and Kit - Lantern Slide, approximately 1830-1900
Triangular Corner Safe - Lantern Slide, approximately 1830-1900
Wardrobe - Lantern Slide, approximately 1830-1900