The Benson Latin American Collection

John Persakis Photographs, 1924-1967

Descriptive Summary

Creator Persakis, John
Title John Persakis Photographs
Dates: 1924-1967, undated
Abstract Unidentified photographs taken by John Persakis, diary, notebooks and scrapbooks.
Accession No. 2009-10
OCLC Record No. N/A
Extent 11 linear inches, 1 oversize box
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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Scope and Contents Note

Unidentified photographs taken by photographer John Persakis in Bahia, Brazil, diary, notebooks, and scrapbook. Materials date from 1924-1967; all photographs are undated. The collection measures 11 linear inches, plus one oversize box, and is arranged into three series: Documents, Photographs, and Oversize Photographs.

The first series,    Documents, contains a diary, three notebooks with handwritten information, and a scrapbook containing clippings and photographs related to Brazil.

Series two,    Photographs, contains images of people, buildings, and scenery. The photographs in folder 1 were grouped together under the label "Lost City." The photographs in folders 2-4 were originally in the same frame and have been kept together to show this connection. The other photographs have been divided by the subject of the images.

The third series consist of    Oversize Photographs. All but the first of these are duplicates of photographs found in series two.

Note: Photographs are not in mylar sleeves. Researchers must wear gloves to view the photographs.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The John Persakis Photographs are classified under the following Subject Headings:
Persakis, John
Conselheira, Antonio
Documentary photography--Brazil.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Box and Folder Inventory


Documents, 1924-1967

box folder
1 1 Diary, 1955-1956
2 Notes, removed from diary, 1955-1956
Notebooks, 1955, undated
3 1 of 2
4 2 of 2
Scrapbook, 1924-1967
5 1 of 3
6 2 of 3
7 3 of 3


Photographs, undated

box folder
2 1 "Lost City," undated
Photographs originally framed together, undated
2 Painting of Antonio Conselheira, old man, cannon monument, wooden cross, dog in front of ruin
3 Men crossing river, man with mule
4 Rock formation, men cooking, petroglyphs, group of men
Photographs of people and animals, undated
5 Individuals
6 Groups
7 Men and women working
8 Animals
Photographs of buildings and objects, undated
9 Ruins
10 Unidentified villages
11 Churches, shrine, religious painting and statues
12 Man-made objects
Photographs of scenery, undated
13 Cave formations
14 Scenery
3 Oversize photographs, undated
1 Petroglyphs, undated
Photographs of people, undated
2 People boarding a ship
3 Two men panning in river
4 Men in hammocks
Photographs of buildings, undated
5 Church in cave
6 Ruins
7 Ruins