University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the C. C. Casteel Photograph Collection, circa 1925-1960



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Casteel, Cyril C., 1898-1973, photographer.
Title: C. C. Casteel Photograph Collection
Dates: circa 1925-1960
Abstract: The C. C. Casteel Photograph Collection (ca. 1925-1960), comprising prints, negatives, photo-masks, and receipts from the studio’s operations, documents Texarkana and its citizens. The shots tend to be traditional studio portraits, but candid and commercial outdoor shots exist as well. There are also photographs of local businesses, aerial shots of the city, images describing before-and-after medical procedures, and photographic duplications of documents.
Accession No.: 94-361; 2016-319
Extent: 10 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Cyril C. Casteel (1898-1973) was a photographer working in Texarkana from circa 1925 until 1960. He operated a photography studio, the C. C. Casteel Photo Studio, from circa 1931 to 1960.


Scope and Contents

The C. C. Casteel Photograph Collection (ca. 1925-1960), comprising prints, negatives, photo-masks, and receipts from the studio’s operations, documents Texarkana and its citizens. The shots tend to be traditional studio portraits, but candid and commercial outdoor shots exist as well. There are also photographs of local businesses, aerial shots of the city, images describing before-and-after medical procedures, and photographic duplications of documents.


 

Arrangement

The C. C. Casteel Photograph Collection was originally stored in envelopes by the creator, with either the client’s name or subject name written on the envelopes. The collection is arranged alphabetically by the name (or subject information) that was on the envelope. Photocopies of the envelopes are stored with the prints. If there are only negatives and no prints, a photocopy of the envelope is stored with the negative. In the case that there are both prints and negatives, photocopies are stored with the prints, and an asterisk on the enclosure indicates that there are accompanying prints or negatives.
Patrons looking for specific individuals by last name may want to check under "Mr.," "Mrs.," or "Miss" for that last name, because if the first name was recorded (and it often was not), it may have been preceded by the honorific.
The archive is arranged by material type into three series:
  • I. Prints
  • II. Negatives
  • III. Oversized Negatives

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Access to negatives is by appointment only. Contact repository for appointment.

Use Restrictions

The negatives are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Casteel, Cyril C.--Archives.
Subjects
African Americans--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
City and town life--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Children and youth--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Department stores--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Domestic animals--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Drugstores--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Dwellings--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Historic buildings--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Merchants--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Pets--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Schools--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Stores, Retail--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Traffic accidents--Texas--Texarkana--Photographs.
Places
Bowie County (Tex.)--Photographs.
Miller County (Ark.)--Photographs.
Texarkana (Ark.)--Photographs.
Texarkana (Tex.)--Aerial views.
Texarkana (Tex.)--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

C.C. Casteel Photograph Collection, circa 1925-1960, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Elizabeth Seramur, 2008-2010; Jane Gruning, 2009-2011; Benjamin Philbrook, 2010-2011; Stephanie Nestor and Lisa Cruces, 2011-ongoing.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Contact repository for inventory.