University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Bascom Reagan Photograph Collection, ca. 1908-1954



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Reagan, Bascom A.
Title: Bascom A. Reagan Photograph Collection,
Dates: ca. 1908-1954
Abstract: Collection consists of contact prints and negatives of people, places, structures and events in and around Big Spring and Howard County, Texas.
Accession No.: 2010-308
Extent: 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Bascom A. Reagan was born in 1886 in Big Spring, Texas. As one of the area’s earliest residents he found his vocation of carpentry useful in this young region, building many of the area’s houses before 1915. He also helped build the courthouse and some commercial structures and worked on an oil derrick and two military bases. He had a reputation as a mechanical genius and lent his hand to many interests, not the least of which was photography. He began taking pictures and developing them himself in the early 1900s but these glass plates are all lost. The rest of the negatives were acquired by Doyle Phillips after Reagan’s death in 1977 and donated to the Briscoe Center after Phillips completed a book on the subject (Howard County, Texas Historical Photographs by Bascom A. Reagan (1886-1977)).


Scope and Contents

Collection consists of contact prints and negatives of people, places, structures and events in and around Big Spring and Howard County, Texas. Among them are members of Reagan's family, the county courthouse, the First Baptist Church, the Texas and Pacific Railway Depot, parades, physical features such as South Mountain, and events such as two of the fires that occurred in Big Spring. One series of images portrays deer hunts while another gives a well-rounded view of the types of early vehicles that were integral to small town life. Many of the negatives and prints are unidentified.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Access to negatives is by appointment only. Contact repository for appointment.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these negatives is stored remotely at the Austin History Center vault. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Reagan, Bascom A.--Archives
Subjects
Churches
Country life--Texas
Courthouses
Houses
Parades
Vehicles
Places
Big Spring (Tex.)
Howard County (Tex.)

Separated Material

The book, Howard County, Texas Historical Photographs by Bascom A. Reagan, was separated to the Library Unit.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bascom A. Reagan Photograph Collection, ca. 1908-1954, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Linda Peterson, November 2010.

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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3U305 Contact prints
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2.325/OD14 Oversize print
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3S341 Negatives
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AHC Nitrate negatives, including some identified as used for the book