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Byrd Williams Family Photography Collection, 1880-2013 | Manuscripts

By S. Ivie

Collection Overview

Title: Byrd Williams Family Photography Collection, 1880-2013Add to your cart.
ID: 01/AR0769
Extent: 319.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Materials are arranged into nine series. Series 1: Byrd Williams, Sr.,contains photo prints relevant to the first generation of the Byrd Williams family. Series 2: Byrd Williams, Jr., contains photo prints relevant to the second generation. Series 3: Byrd Williams III contains photo prints, negatives and slides relative to the third generation. Series 4: Byrd Williams IV contains photo prints, negatives and slides for the fourth generation. Series 5: Generations contains photo prints relative to multiple generations of the Williams family.  Series 6: Papers contains family records and papers from the early 1900s up to the present day as they are represented by each generation. Series 7: Vintage Prints and Negatives contains photo prints and negatives from earlier periods in the Williams family in addition to photo prints and negatives which could not be designated elsewhere in the collection. Series 8: Publications contains periodicals and published materials where generations of the Byrd Williams family appear, or reflects ownership of stated publications, with primary focus on Byrd Williams III and Byrd Williams IV.  Series 9: Artifacts contains objects spanning the entire history of the Byrd Williams family since the 1880s.
Subjects: Black-and-white photography, Photographs -- 19th century -- United States -- Specimens, Photographs -- 20th century -- United States -- Specimens, Photographs -- 21st century -- United States -- Specimens, Portrait photography

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Byrd Williams family photography collection documents four generations of Texas photographers with the earliest images from this collection dating back to the 1880s and with the most recent work coming from Byrd Williams IV.  All four generations of photographers in the Williams family have been known as Byrd Moore Williams.

The Williams family's interest in photography started with Byrd, Sr., in the form of family portrait photography. Byrd Williams, Sr. operated a hardware store in Gainesville which sold cameras. Early prints were developed in a darkroom in the family's home. Byrd, Jr., known as Byrd II, who studied at the University of Texas (1905-1907), worked as an engineer, expanding on the family tradition by incorporating imagery in forms other than portraiture, which included landscapes and city scenery.

Byrd Williams III (1913-1986), continuing the family's legacy, became the first to delve into a full-time photography profession when he opened Byrd Photo in Fort Worth in the 1950s. Prior to this, Byrd Williams III worked for Kodak and several other photography companies in addition to being involved in lense manufacturing. The Williams family photography business also included a portrait studio. Along with these studio portraits, customers could have a photograph painted over in oils, giving it the appearance of a painting - or oil paintings, based on these photographs, would be created by Byrd's wife, Doris Williams. Charles Williams, Byrd's brother, was also affiliated with the company.

Byrd Williams III also explored photography on his own terms as a fine art. Through his images, he documented street scenes and the people of Fort Worth, which was developing rapidly in the mid-20th century.  Many of his black and white images during the 1930s and 1940s are rich narratives of varied subject matter, showing a confidence both in approach to composition and emotive content. With the work of Byrd Williams III, we see photography develop into a unique way of making a personal statement. This is carried on in another way through the work of his son, Byrd Williams IV.

In the photographs of Byrd Williams IV (1951-    ), we see the work of an artist. Mr. Williams, a prolific, exhibiting photographer, who has shown in the United States and abroad, is the first in his family to seriously pursue a career aside from the commercial aspect of photography.  Williams, a Collin County College professor, also shares his ideas and knowledge of photography to show others its purpose and application as a fine art medium.  Fort Worth's Legendary Landmarks is one of many publications in which the work of Byrd Williams IV has appeared.  He is a frequent contributor to D Magazine, in addition to having work appearing in exhibition catalogs such as Ortsbeschreibungen and Focus Trier.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.  Boxes 160-170, 263, 269, 270-271 and 321 are housed in the Research Collections Library.
Acquisition Source: Byrd Williams IV
Preferred Citation: Byrd Williams Family Photography Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 3: Byrd Williams IIIAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 1: Photo PrintsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 9: Album, c. 1930-1940Add to your cart.
Contains small black and white photo prints. Includes handwritten notes describing the photos.
Barcode: 50298
Box 10: Black Portfolio, Known Prints, 1935-1941Add to your cart.
Contains 8X10 black and white photo prints matted and mounted on board in a portfolio.
Barcode: 50299
Box 11: City Work, 1930sAdd to your cart.
Contains 8X10, 11X14 and 16X20 black and white photo prints. Some prints are in color. Prints are matted and mounted.
Barcode: 50300
Box 12: Cityscapes and Street Portraits, Pt. 1, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 8X10 black and white photo prints.
Barcode: 50301
Box 13: Cityscapes and Street Portraits, Pt. 2, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 8X10 black and white photo prints.
Barcode: 50302
Box 14: Dye Transfer, Black Portfolio, c. 1940-1950Add to your cart.
Contains early examples of an 8X10 dye transfer color photo print.
Barcode: 50303
Box 15: Fort Worth, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 11X14 black and white photo prints. Some prints are in plastic sleeves.
Barcode: 50304
Box 16: Fort Worth, Ballet, Interiors, San Antonio, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 8X10 and 11X14 black and white photo prints. Prints are mounted and matted or in plastic sleeves.
Barcode: 50305
Box 17: Fort Worth, Etc., c. 1930-1950Add to your cart.
Contains 13X19 and 16X20 black and white photo prints. Some color prints are included. Some images are matted and mounted. Prints are in plastic sleeves.
Barcode: 50306
Box 18: Fort Worth, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 13X19, 16X20 and 20X24 black and white photo prints. Prints are mounted and matted on board. Prints are in plastic sleeves.
Barcode: 50307
Box 19: Portraits, c. 1940-1960Add to your cart.
Contains 11X14 black and white studio photo prints. Prints are matted and mounted or in plastic sleeves.
Barcode: 50308
Box 20: Signed Fort Worth, Etc., 1937, 1946, 1960Add to your cart.
Contains black and white photo prints mounted and matted to 16X20 boards. Some color prints are included. Prints are signed and in plastic sleeves.
Barcode: 50309
Box 21: Signed Prints, 1936-1937Add to your cart.
Contains black and white photo prints mounted and matted to 16X20 boards. Prints are in plastic sleeves.
Barcode: 50310
Box 22: Vintage, c. 1950-1960Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50311
Box 23: Vintage Prints, Ballet, Commercial, c. 1950-1960Add to your cart.
Contains 3X5, 5X7 and 8X10 black and white photo prints.
Barcode: 50312
Box 24: Vintage Studio, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 3X5, 4X6, 5X7 and 8X10 black and white photo prints. Includes some black and white negatives.
Barcode: 50313
Box 25: Vintage Studio, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 3X5, 4X6 and 8X10 black and white photo prints.
Barcode: 50314
Box 26: Vintage Studio, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 8X10 black and white photo prints.
Barcode: 50315
Box 27: Vintage Studio, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 3X5, 4X6, 8X10 and 11X14 black and white photo prints.
Barcode: 50316
Box 28: Vintage Studio, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 8X10 black and white photo prints.
Barcode: 50317
Box 29: Vintage and Vintage Studio, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains 1-5 boxes of 3X5 and 5X7 black and white photo prints.
Barcode: 50318
Box 30: Women Exhibit, c. 1930-1950Add to your cart.
Contains 11X14 and 16X20 photo prints. Prints are matted and mounted to 20X24 boards. Prints are in plastic sleeves.
Barcode: 50319
Sub-Series 2: NegativesAdd to your cart.
 
Box 31: 2 1/4 inch to 35mm NegativesAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50320
Folder 1: 2 1/4 Inch Negatives, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: 35mm Negatives, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: 35mm Negatives, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: 35mm Negatives, 1930-1939Add to your cart.
 
Box 32: 120 to Negatives (1940-1960)Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50321
Folder 1: 120 Etc. Negatives, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Color/Ballet, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Negatives, 1935-1955Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Negatives, 1940-1960Add to your cart.
 
Box 33: Negatives (1947-1960) to Negatives/Slides (1920-1960)Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50322
Folder 1: Negatives, 1947-1960Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: Negatives/Slides, 1920-1960Add to your cart.
 
Box 34: Studio Negatives, 1950-1958Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50323
Box 35: Studio Negatives, 1950-1958Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50324
Box 36: Studio Negatives, 1950-1958Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50325
Box 37: Studio Negatives, 1950-1958Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50326
Box 38: Studio Negatives, 1950-1958Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50327
Box 39: Studio Negatives, 1950-1958Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50328
Sub-Series 3: SlidesAdd to your cart.
 
Box 40: Slides, 35mm Transparency, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50329
Box 41: Slides, 35mm, TV Preachers, Evangelists, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50330

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