The Benson Latin American Collection

Paul Freier Photographs, 1941

Descriptive Summary

Creator Freier, Paul H. (Paul Henry), 1915-1983
Title Paul Freier Photographs
Dates: 1941
Abstract 59 photographs of Mexican American communities in South Texas, 1941.
OCLC Record No. 23249472
Extent 59 prints and negatives
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Amateur historian and Port Lavaca resident Paul Henry Freier was born March 28, 1915, in Austin, Texas. Freier wrote a series of articles on the history of Calhoun County and Matagorda Bay for the Port Lavaca Wave newspaper. He died December 26, 1983.

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of 59 original photonegatives and corresponding prints showing Mexican American communities in South Texas. The photographs were taken in June, 1941. Images show housing, schools, water supplies, sanitation, and construction techniques in several South Texas counties. Includes pictures of winter housing of migrant agricultural workers, and the small communities of Concepcion, El Sauz, La Grulla, Las Cuevitas, Los Ojuelos, San Ygnacio, and others.

The photographs are said to have been taken with a borrowed Kodak as part of a report on conditions in South Texas for the U. S. Department of Agriculture.


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Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The Paul Freier Photographs are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Concepcion (Tex.)--Photographs
El Sauz (Tex.)--Photographs
La Grulla (Tex.)--Photographs
Los Ojuelos (Tex.)--Photographs
Architecture, Domestic--Texas--Photographs
Mexican Americans--Texas--Photographs
Mexican American agricultural laborers--Texas--Housing--Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Paul Freier Photographs, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory



No item description of the photographs is available. The collection is open for consultion in the Benson Latin American Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room.