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From Commerce to History
Robert Runyon's Postcards of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville 1910-1926

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From 1986 through 2008 the Runyon family donated his collection of photographs, negatives, postcards, instructional pamphlets on photography and botany, and business files to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. This archival legacy of Robert Runyon's life and work is a rich source of information for anyone concerned with the history of photographic postcards in the United States, the use of photographs in historical research, and the development of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in the early years of the twentieth century.

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This article was condensed from an essay that was originally printed in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in October, 1998 and has been updated to reflect acquisitions received from the Runyon estate after 1998. The original full text with footnotes can be downloaded by clicking on the link listed on the right.

From Commerce to History

Download the complete essay
transcript of "Robert Runyon's Postcards
of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and
Brownsville, 1910 to 1926" with footnotes
in PDF format.

Robert Runyon Photograph Collection

The Robert Runyon digital archive gallery located on this site contains
over 8,000 images from the Robert Runyon Photograph Collection.

The South Texas Border, 1900-1920

Part of the Library of Congress’s American Memory site, developed as
a joint project of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and
the University of Texas General Libraries and funded by the Library
of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library.

The Handbook of Texas Online

Robert Runyon biographical information with related links.