The Benson Latin American Collection

William Lester Slide Collection, 1958-1973

Descriptive Summary

Creator Lester, William, 1910-1991
Title William Lester Slide Collection
Dates: 1958-1973
Abstract Color photographic slides of travel to Mexico and Central America by artist William Lester.
OCLC Record No. N/A
Extent 641 color slides
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Artist William Lester was born in Graham, Texas, in 1910. He was an artist for the Civilian Conservation Corps camp near Paladuro Canyon, Texas and near Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the mid 1930s, and taught at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts School at the beginning of the 1940s. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas Department of Art in 1942, and was Chairman from 1952-1954. He retired from UT as Professor Emeritus in 1972. William Lester died in 1991. His art was published by the Laguna Gloria Art Museum in 1993 in Companions in time: the paintings of William Lester and Everett Spruce.

Scope and Contents Note

Color photographic slides of travel to Mexico and Central America, 1958-1973, by artist William Lester. The slides are arranged chronologically and geographically by travel destination, including Mexico City, Guanajuato, Mazatlán, Yucatán, and Guatemala and Panama. No description of individual slides has been completed.

The slides are 2x2" format. The collection may be accessed in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The William Lester Slide Collection is classified under the following Subject Headings:
Mexico--Description and travel--Photographs
Latin America--Description and travel--Photographs
Document Types
Slides (Photographs)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: William Lester Slide Collection, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory


Box List

box folder
1 1 Best of Mexican Trip with Family, Saltillo to Oaxaca, 1958
2 Best of Mexico D.F, 1959
3 Best of Guanajuato (with Paul), 1959
4 Best of Mexico (with Dean Bloodgood), 1961
5 Mexico (with Sylvia), including Guanajuato, San Miguel, Morelia, Guadalajara, and Mexico D.F.
6 Muzquiz (Joneses) and Mexico (Lockenvitzes), 1962
box folder
2 7 Mexico, 1963, and Mazatlán, 1964
8 Chitzen Itzá, Mérida, Yucatán, 1970-1971
9 Las Casas, Yucatán, Miscellaneous, 1970-1971
10 Kabah, Uxmal, Palenque, Yucatán, 1970-1971
11 Guatemala, 1973
12 Panama, Tikal, 1973