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About the Archive

Harry Annas, the "town photographer" of Lockhart, Texas, from the 1930's through the 1970's, spoke of the variety of life he documented-- "Portraits from glamour girls to family groups, meetings, parades, school pictures, everything, we took them all." During the 1970's, the historically rich body of work attracted the attention of a Harvard photography curator, Barbara Norfleet. Norfleet included ten Annas images in her work The Champion Pig: Great Moments in Everyday Life (1979), a monograph documenting life in American small towns.   Norfleet additionally acquired a small number of Annas images for the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. Shortly before his death in 1980, Annas donated the remainder of the photographic material (over 90,000 negatives and 80,000 prints) to the Caldwell County Historical Society, which in turn donated the archive to the Center for American History in 1985. A finding aid of the first eleven boxes of the archive has been created, and is available online at A recent grant provided by The University of Texas System will fund processing and digitization of a portion of the archive.

Bertha Mueller
Bertha Mueller DI# 01209
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