Contents

Search this Finding Aid

Your search term is highlighted within the text of this page. Tip: Hit CTRL + F to quickly search for this, or any other phrase on the page.

alert Continue your research elsewhere

Contact Us

Schedule Research Appointment.

Contact, Report Errors, etc.

Support Our Efforts

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

Request Items From This Collection

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.

Subject/Index Terms

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

Browse by Series:


Series 8: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 1: Byrd Williams IIIAdd to your cart.
 
Box 253: American Photographer, Lieca Photography, Look Magazine, Manuals, 1949, 1954-1955, 1967Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50389
Box 254: TCU Yearbooks, Panther Yearbook, Coronet, 1931, 1933-1934Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50390
Sub-Series 2: Byrd Williams IVAdd to your cart.
 
Box 255Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 50391
Folder 1: 1983 Book of DaysAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: 1983 Book of DaysAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 3: 1983 Book of DaysAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 4: 1985 Book of DaysAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Allen Image, 2006-09Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Amon Carter Museum Program, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Amon Carter Museum Program, 1996-1997Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Amon Carter Museum Program, 1997Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Amon Carter Museum Program, 1998Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Amon Carter Museum Program, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Amon Carter Museum Program, 2004-2005Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Amon Carter Museum Program, 2005-2006Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Bad Ems Catalog, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: Believer's Voice of Victory, Vol. 12, No. 7, 1984-07Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: Believer's Voice of Victory, Vol. 12, No. 7, 1984-07Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: CCCC, 1995Add to your cart.
 
Folder 17: Calender:  Pfarrkirche St. Michael Trier-Mariahof, 2005Add to your cart.
 
Folder 18: Calender:  Pfarrkirche St. Michael Trier-Mariahof, 2005Add to your cart.
 
Folder 19: Calender:  Prarrkirche St. Michael Trier-Mariahof, 2005Add to your cart.
 
Folder 20: Connoisseur, 1986-12Add to your cart.
 
Folder 21: Connoisseur, 1986-12Add to your cart.
 
Folder 22: Creating Legacies CCCCD Foundation, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Folder 23: D Magazine, 1982-12Add to your cart.
 
Folder 24: D Magazine, Newcomers guide, 2003Add to your cart.
 
Folder 25: D Magazine, Special Edition, 1999-10Add to your cart.
 
Folder 26: D Magazine, Special Edition, 1999-10Add to your cart.
 
Folder 27: D Magazine, Special Edition, 1999-10Add to your cart.
 
Folder 28: D Magazine, Special Edition, 1999-10Add to your cart.
 
Folder 29: D Magazine, 1999-11Add to your cart.
 
Folder 30: D Magazine, 2000-01Add to your cart.
 
Folder 31: D Magazine, Mike Modano Cover, 2000-11Add to your cart.
 
Folder 32: D Magazine, 2000-05Add to your cart.
 
Folder 33: D Magazine, 2000-06Add to your cart.
 
Folder 34: D Magazine, 2000-11Add to your cart.
 
Folder 35: D Magazine, 2000-12Add to your cart.
 
Folder 36: D Magazine, Menu Guide, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Folder 37: D Magazine, 2001-01Add to your cart.
 
Folder 38: D Magazine, 2001-02Add to your cart.
 
Folder 39: D Magazine, 2001-05Add to your cart.
 
Folder 40: D Magazine, 2001-06Add to your cart.
 
Folder 41: D Magazine, 2001-08Add to your cart.
 
Box 256Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640001
Folder 1: D Magazine, 2002-01Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: D Magazine, 2002-06Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: D Magazine, 2002-10Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Darkroom and Creative Camera Techniques, 1995-11, 1995-12Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: eDallas, D Magazine Special Edition, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Exhibition Catalog, Amon Carter Museum, 2002Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Exhibition Catalog, Fotografie aus den U.S.A., 1995Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Exhibition Catalog, Local/e, 2007Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Exhibition Catalog, Ortsbeschreibungen, 1998-07Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Exhibition Catalog: Univerzagt, das Hotel Balzar!, 2007Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Face A Face- Dialogue Entre Images, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Focus Trier, 1999-2000Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Fort Worth, 1986-11Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: Fort Worth Central Business District, Tarrant County Historic Resources Survey, 1982Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: Fort Worth Central Business District, Tarrant County Historic Resources Survey, 1991Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: Fort Worth Central Business District, Tarrant County Historic Resources Survey, 1991Add to your cart.
 
Folder 17: Fort Worth, Near North Side and West Side, Tarrant County Historic Resources Survey, 1988Add to your cart.
 
Folder 18: Fort Worth Southside, Tarrant County Historic Resources Survey, 1986Add to your cart.
 
Folder 19: Fort Worth Southside, Tarrant County Historic Resources Survey, 1986Add to your cart.
 
Folder 20: Fort Worth, Upper North, Northeast Side, East, Far East, Far South and Far West, 1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 21: Fort Worth Magazine, Summer, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 22: Fort Worth Magazine, Winter, 1990-1991Add to your cart.
 
Folder 23: Fort Worth Magazine, 3rd Quarter, 1991Add to your cart.
 
Folder 24: Fort Worth Magazine, 4th Quarter, 1991Add to your cart.
 
Folder 25: Fort Worth, Texas, 1991-02Add to your cart.
 
Folder 26: Fort Worth, Texas, 1999-07Add to your cart.
 
Folder 27: Fort Worth, Texas, 1999-09Add to your cart.
 
Folder 28: Fort Worth's Legendary Landmarks, 1995Add to your cart.
 
Folder 29: Fort Worth's Legendary Landmarks, 1995Add to your cart.
 
Folder 30: The Frymire Company, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Box 257Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640002
Folder 1: The Heritage Of Texas Business, 1997Add to your cart.
 
Folder 2: If Wall Could Talk: Telling the Story of a Historic Building to Create a Market Edge, 1989-10Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Irving Penn Exhibition, 1997Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: Kirkpatrick Architecture Studio, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Leica Price List, 1953-06-01Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Living With Panache, Star-Telegram Advertising, 2011-06Add to your cart.
 
Folder 7: McKinney Living, 2006-03Add to your cart.
 
Folder 8: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Annual Report, 1984Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Nightscapes, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Nightscapes Exhibition Catalog, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Oil States, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Photo: Electronic Imaging, Vol. 37, No. 9, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Photo: Electronic Imaging, Vol. 37, No. 11, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: Photo: Electronic Imaging, Vol. 37, No. 12, 1994Add to your cart.
 
Folder 15: Photography Journal, Japanese, 1991Add to your cart.
 
Folder 16: Photography Now, July-September, 1998Add to your cart.
 
Folder 17: Photography Now, July-September, 1998Add to your cart.
 
Folder 18: Plano Profile, 2005-05Add to your cart.
 
Folder 19: Plano Profile, 2006-06Add to your cart.
 
Folder 20: Polo, 1999-01, 1999-02Add to your cart.
 
Folder 21: Polo, 1999-04Add to your cart.
 
Folder 22: Polo, 1999-06Add to your cart.
 
Folder 23: Polo, 1999-08Add to your cart.
 
Folder 24: Polo, 1999-10Add to your cart.
 
Folder 25: Program and Auction Catalog, 1993 Beaux Arts Auction PartyAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 26: Restoration, 1987Add to your cart.
 
Folder 27: Schloss Balmoral Poster, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Folder 28: SMU in Taos, 1989Add to your cart.
 
Folder 29: SMU Research, 2000, 2001, 2003Add to your cart.
 
Folder 30: Shuz, 1999Add to your cart.
 
Folder 31: Texas A&M University Press, Fall/Winter, 1995Add to your cart.
 
Folder 32: Texas Architect, 1994-11, 1994-12Add to your cart.
 
Folder 33: Texas Architect, 1998-11, 1998-12Add to your cart.
 
Folder 34: Time Tourist, Summer, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Folder 35: UTD Network Magazine, Vol.1, No. 2, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Folder 36: Von der Villa Diana zum Künstlerhaus, Schloß Balmoral, 1867-1995Add to your cart.
 
Box 258: Newspapers 1Add to your cart.
Contains Fort Worth Weekly.
Barcode: 640003
Box 259: Newspapers 2Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640003
Box 260: Newspapers, High School, Local, 1953, 1961, 1969, 1971, 2001Add to your cart.
Contains some Byrd Williams, Jr. and Byrd Williams III papers.
Barcode: 640005

This search tool is provided so that you can augment your research in other systems across the web. Simply enter or modify your search term(s) and choose one of the available services below to look up information. We'll open your request in a new browser window.

Hint: Most systems will give better results for phrases when you wrap them in "quotation marks"

alert Make sure to check for additional tools on the results page to help further refine your search. You can typically find these in the left-hand column of the page or as a horizontal menu at the top of the page.

 
 
 
 
Page Generated in: 0.634 seconds (using 240 queries).
Using 13.87MB of memory. (Peak of 14.09MB.)

Powered by Archon Version 3.21
Copyright ©2011 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign