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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Papers

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the C.C. Casteel Photograph Collection, ca. 1920s-1960s



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Casteel, C.C. 1898-1973
Title: C.C. Casteel Photograph Collection
Dates: ca. 1920s-1960s
Abstract: The collection, 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. The collection represents a valuable research aid for those interested in the history of Texarkana, and the United States in general in the 20th Century. Its imagery is decidedly quotidian for the most part, but because of this, one gets a real sense of the everyday America, and how these everyday Americans sought to represent themselves. There are also glimpses of how society viewed “others” in the early to mid 20th century, exemplified by photographs (and particularly their descriptions) of minorities or the physically impaired.
Accession No.: 94-361
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 ca. 1925-1960. He operated a photography studio by the name of C. C. Casteel Photo Studio ca. 1931-1960.

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Scope and Contents

The C.C. Casteel Photograph Collection (ca. 1920s-1960s), 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.

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Arrangement

The C.C. Casteel Photograph Collection was originally stored in envelopes by the creator, with either the name of the person who ordered the photographs, or the subject, 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.
Series
  • I. Prints
  • II. Negatives
  • III. Oversized Negatives

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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.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Casteel, Cyril C.—archives
Subjects (Organizations)
J.C. Penney Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Company
Subjects
Abnormalities, Human
Aerial views—Texarkana
African Americans
Business
City and town life
Children and youth
Commercial streets
Department stores
Domestic animals
Drugstores
Historic buildings
Houses
Merchants
People with disabilities
Pets
Portrait photographs
Schools
Traffic accidents
Wounds and injuries
Places
Arkansas
Bowie County (Tex.)
Louisiana
Miller County (Ark.)
Texarkana (Ark.)
Texarkana (Tex.)
Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

C.C. Casteel Photograph Collection, ca. 1920s-1960s, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Contact repository for inventory.

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