University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Charlie Dunn Collection, [ca. 1970-1985]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dunn, Charles R., 1898-1993
Title: Dunn, Charlie, Collection
Dates: [ca. 1970-1985]
Abstract: Composed of correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, plans, certificates, photographs, a report, and a videocassette tape, the Charlie Dunn Collection, [ca. 1970-1985], documents Dunn’s career as a bootmaker in Austin, Texas.
Accession No.: 94-362; 95-195; 96-381
Extent: 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born on a houseboat on the White River near Batesville, Arkansas, Charles R. Dunn (1898-1993) was born into a family of bootmakers. Dunn started making boots at the age of eight, and as a young man studied art in Memphis, Tennessee. Around 1930, he moved to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and settled in Austin in 1945. Dunn worked at the Capitol Saddlery in Austin until he retired in 1973. Known for his high-quality custom-made cowboy boots and celebrity clientel, in 1977 Dunn was encouraged to establish his own business in Austin, where he worked until his death in 1993.

Source:

"Charlie Dunn." Famous Texans. Accessed on March 28, 2011. http://www.famoustexans.com/charliedunn.htm.


Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, plans, certificates, photographs, a report, and a videocassette tape, the Charlie Dunn Collection, [ca. 1970-1985], documents Dunn’s career as a bootmaker in Austin, Texas. Correspondence consists primarily of letters from clients concerning their orders, while newspaper and magazine clippings contain articles on Dunn and his Austin-based business. The collection also includes certificates pertaining to Dunn’s successful completion of shoe fitting and adjusting training; plans and a patent application receipt for a "luggage bag" designed by Dunn; a report by anthropology student Linda Gann on Dunn and retirement; photographs depicting Dunn and his acquaintances; and a documentary videocassette tape entitled Charlie Dunn, at Last.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Dunn, Charles R., 1898-1993 -- Archives.
Gann, Linda.
Subjects
Cowboy boots -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Shoemakers -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charlie Dunn Collection, [ca. 1970-1985], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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3A202 Correspondence, newspaper clippings, plan, and certificates
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3So14a Photographs
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3So14b Photographs, videocassette tape