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Photojournalism: Jimmie Dodd

Jimmie Dodd with camera

Jimmie Dodd was born in Houston, Texas. In 1935, he took up photography as a hobby. Dodd purchased a used Auto Graflex camera with a $250 loan from King Ranch president Robert Kleberg Jr., who allowed Jimmie to pay off the loan by taking photographs at the King Ranch. From the 1930s through the 1950s, he photographed the Kleberg family, King Ranch employees, and the daily activities of ranching life. Dodd was able to photograph famous visitors to the ranch, such as Nelson Rockefeller, Zachary Scott, Joan Crawford, and Jack Dempsey.

Dodd also ran a photographic studio in Kingsville, Texas, and documented the social, cultural, political, civic, and economic life of South Texas. His photographs appeared in local newspapers such as the Kingsville Alert, the Alice Daily Echo, and the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. He captured images from the 1947 Texas City disaster (a devastating chain of explosions and fires in the port at Texas City), the opening of Houston's Shamrock Hotel, PGA tour events in Texas, the Missouri Pacific Railroad of South Texas, and the Kingsville Naval Air Station.

The Briscoe Center acquired Dodd's photographic archive in 1983.

Finding aid for the Jimmie Dodd Photograph Collection
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