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 http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00173/cah-00173.html.
A recent grant provided by The University of Texas System will fund
processing and digitization of a portion of the archive.