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Harry Forest Annas Photograph Collection: Harry Forrest Annas was born in Washington, Iowa, on February 27, 1897. After relocating to Lockhart, Texas in 1933, he purchased a photography studio. The studio prospered, and over the next forty years Annas amassed a sizeable photographic archive consisting of studio portrait work, weddings, parades, fairs, and other civic events.

Governor Dolph and Mrs. Janey Briscoe Alamo Daguerreotype, 1849: This 1849 daguerreotype of the façade of the Alamo chapel in San Antonio is the earliest datable photograph taken in Texas and the only extant photographic view of the Alamo made prior to its reconstruction in 1850. Governor and Mrs. Dolph Briscoe acquired this benchmark Texas photograph for the Center for American History in 1993.

The Jimmie Dodd Photograph Collection: Jimmie A. Dodd's work, as a professional freelance and commercial photographer, in South Texas spans the period from 1937 to 1966. His photographs document numerous aspects of Kingsville, the King Ranch, Kleberg County, and other Texas cities and towns.

R.C. Hickman Photographic Archive: R.C. Hickman was born in the small East Texas town of Mineola, Texas, in 1922. Hickman's interest in photography developed during WWII, where he established his credentials as an official army photographer. After the war, Hickman began a professional career in Dallas. Hickman also documented unequal school conditions for the NAACP during the fight to end segregation.

Russell Lee Photograph Collection: The Briscoe Center for American History is proud to present an online version of our traveling exhibit of photographs by renowned documentary photographer Russell Lee. This exhibit offers a rare glimpse into the remarkably accomplished images he produced in 1935 and 1936 when he first took up a camera and goes on to highlight the vast body of important work that Lee produced from 1947 through 1977.

Russell Lee: Study of the Spanish-Speaking People of Texas: Lee's photographs for the Study of the Spanish-Speaking People of Texas captured what he saw in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, San Angelo, and El Paso in 1949.

Calvin Littlejohn Photographic Archive: For nearly six decades, Calvin Littlejohn photographed the African–American community in and around Fort Worth, documenting its political, spiritual, and even recreational aspects.  His vast collection of portraits, dating from the mid-1940s, as well as his close association with area schools, further provide a rich visual account of this community following World War II.

Rhone Family of Fayette County, Texas: The Rhone Family Papers document aspects of the lives of members of a central Texas black family from 1886 to 1971. In addition to personal and professional documents, the Rhone Family Papers contain more than one hundred photographs. Among the photographs are several groupings of studio portraits that span a number of generations.

From Commerce to History: Robert Runyon's Postcards of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville 1910-1926. The Robert Runyon collection includes real photographic postcards (photographs printed on postcard stock instead of photographic paper), hand-tinted postcards, and several souvenir view folders. Images portray the flora, fauna, architecture, industry, and social life of Brownsville, Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley as well as the border conflict and revolution in Mexico during the years 1913-1916.

Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area: The Robert Runyon Photograph Collection of the South Texas Border Area, a collection of over 8,000 items, is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the early 1900s. His photographs document the history and development of South Texas and the border, including the Mexican Revolution, the U.S. military presence at Ft. Brown and along the border prior to and during World War I, and the growth and development of the Rio Grande Valley.

Verkin Photo Company Collection: The Verkin Photo Company was located in the city of Galveston, Texas, but also conducted business in the surrounding area including Texas City and parts of East Texas. Photographers included Paul Verkin and his three sons. The majority of photographs in this collection represent daily life in Galveston throughout the first half of the 20th century (1900–1945). Many also document its famous events such as the 1900 and 1915 hurricanes.

Tom Wright Photographic Archive: Tom Wright's work with The Who has produced an extensive photographic and audiotape archive documenting the group's artistic evolution from 1967 until the beginning of the 1990s. In addition to his work with The Who, Wright has also served as a photographer and/or road manager for the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and the Faces, Elvis Costello, and others.