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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.

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

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Series 9: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 1: ArtworkAdd to your cart.
 
Box 261: DrawingsAdd to your cart.
Contains work by Byrd Williams III, Byrd Williams IV and oil painted photographs by Doris Williams.
Barcode: 640006
Box 262: Framed Art, Mixed Media, Byrd Williams IV, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640007
Box 263: Framed Art, Mixed Media, Large, Byrd Williams IV, 2004Add to your cart.
NOTE: If requested, these items may require special delivery instructions and/or assistance due to size.
Barcode: 640008
Box 264: Framed Art, Oil Photo Portrait, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains a photo painted over in oils by Doris Williams.
Barcode: 640009
Box 265: Framed Art, Oil Photo Portrait, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains a photo painted over in oils by Doris Williams.
Barcode: 640010
Box 266: Framed Art, Oil Photo Portrait, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains a photo painted over in oils by Doris Williams.
Barcode: 640011
Box 267: Framed Triptychs 1, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains two framed triptych photographs.
Barcode: 640012
Box 268: Framed Triptychs 2, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains two framed triptych photographs.
Barcode: 640013
Box 269: Large 60X40 Photographs, Byrd Williams IV, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 629426
Box 270: Large 96X48 Photographs, Byrd Williams IV, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 629427
Box 271: Large Triptychs, Color Prints and Mounted Street Scene (Black and White), n.d.Add to your cart.
NOTE: If requested, these items may require special delivery instructions and/or assistance due to size.
Barcode: 640014
Box 321: Large Color Prints, n.d.Add to your cart.

These items were split from Box 271.

NOTE: If requested, these items may require special delivery instructions and/or assistance due to size.

Barcode: 641058
Sub-Series 2: CamerasAdd to your cart.
 
Box 272: Cameras, c. 1940-1949Add to your cart.
Contains the Linhof camera used by Byrd Williams III, the Kodak Monitor Six-16 Camera used by Byrd Williams IV and a Kodak pocket camera used by Byrd Williams, Jr.
Barcode: 640015
Box 273: Byrd Williams, Jr., Byrd Williams III and Byrd Williams IV, 1950-1965Add to your cart.
Contains the Argus, Leica, Robot, the Starflash and Starmite II cameras. Also contains a studio meter and a loaner camera.
Barcode: 640016
Box 274: 12X20 CameraAdd to your cart.
Contains a large format camera used by Byrd Williams IV to shoot city, street and architectural photography.
Barcode: 640017
Box 322: Cameras, Hasselblad 500C, Kodak, Jr. No. 2C Autographic, c. 1957-1970, c. 1916-1927Add to your cart.
Contains two cameras: the Kodak, Jr. No. 2C Autographic, which was used by both Byrd Williams, Sr. and Byrd Williams, Jr., and the Hasselblad 500C, used by Byrd Williams III.
Barcode: 641754
Sub-Series 3: Family ItemsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 275: Artifacts, Family, c. 1901-1960Add to your cart.
Contains multiple Williams family items including pens, necklaces, souvenirs, a coin, stampers, military pins, and nametags.
Barcode: 640018
Box 276: Artifacts from Germany, 1995-2000Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640019
Box 277: Artifacts, General, Assorted Items, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains an Argus pin for Byrd Williams III, a John & Yoko Calendar (Byrd Williams IV), a Portrait Previews portfolio cover (Byrd Williams III), a loupe (Byrd Williams III) and a paper packet for Byrd Williams, Jr.
Barcode: 640020
Box 278: Byrd Photo Artifacts, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains a rotary phone, a pipe, a pen stand, a cigarette case, and a watch.
Barcode: 640021
Box 279: Byrd Photo Signage, Neon, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640022
Box 280: Byrd Williams, Jr., Mother's Album, 1940-1949Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640023
Box 281: Clamshell Portfolio, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains a clamshell portfolio which was used for portraits by Byrd M. Williams, III.
Barcode: 640024
Box 282: Dismantled Portfolio, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640025
Box 283: Exhibition Posters, 184Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640026
Box 284: Exhibition Posters, n.d.Add to your cart.
Includes Künstlerhaus and Schloß Balmoral.
Barcode: 640027
Box 285: Exhibition Shipping Box, n.d.Add to your cart.
This shipping box belonged to Byrd M. Williams, III.
Barcode: 640028
Box 286: Family, Drafting Supplies and Other Items, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640029
Box 287: Frame with Wooden Construction and Metal Clamps, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640030
Box 288: Gevaluxe Velours Photo PaperAdd to your cart.
Contains a boxed sample of the Gevaluxe Velours photo paper.
Barcode: 640031
Box 289: Gevaluxe Velours, Kodak, Photo Paper BoxesAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640032
Box 290: Gevaert Photo Paper BoxesAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640033
Box 291: "Magazines and Old Keepsakes"Add to your cart.
Contains certificates and items rolled on paper.
Barcode: 640034
Box 292: Map Case, Hand Drawn Architectural Layout of the Family Farm with BlueprintsAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640035
Box 293: Photo Paper, Gevaert, KodakAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640036
Box 294: Photo Paper, Boxes, Gevaert, KodakAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640037
Box 295: Photo Paper Boxes, KodakAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640038
Box 296: Photo Paper Boxes, Brooner Studio to Doris Williams, DefenderAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640039
Box 297: Portfolio Covers, Byrd Williams, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640040
Box 298: Portfolios, Projects, Stencil for Urban Semiotics, Byrd Williams IVAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640041
Box 299: Roll Film Artifacts, 1955, 1958, 1965, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640042
Box 300: Suitcase, John Theodore BiffleAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640043
Box 301: Surveying Transit, 1878-1898Add to your cart.
Contains a surveying transit used by Byrd Williams, Jr.
Barcode: 640044
Box 302: Surveying Transit, Tripod, 1878-1898Add to your cart.
Contains the tripod for the surveying transit used by Byrd Williams, Jr.
Barcode: 640045
Box 303: Wooden Chess Set with Linhof BagAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640046
Box 304: Wooden Slide Box, n.d.Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640047
Box 305: Wooden Slide Box, Mildred, 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Wooden box containing a metal cross with the skull of a hamster.
Barcode: 640048
Sub-Series 4: Elizabeth Mellott and Byrd Williams CollaborativeAdd to your cart.
 
Box 306: Mixed Media Artwork 1, 2012Add to your cart.
Contains "Altar for Mary (not the virgin)," mixed media and photography.
Barcode: 640049
Box 307: Mixed Media Artwork 2, 2012Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640050
Box 308: Flop House Objects/Boxes, Part 1, 2012Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640051
Box 309: Flop House Objects/Boxes, Part 2, 2012Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640052
Sub-Series 5: MemorabiliaAdd to your cart.
 
Box 310: Book Edit, c. 1900-2000Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640053
Box 311: Byrd Williams, Sr., Family Album, c. 1880-1900Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640054
Box 312: Byrd Williams, Jr. and Byrd Williams III, Memorabilia, 1929, 1945, 1950, 1956, 1972Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640055
Box 313: Byrd Williams, Jr., Byrd Williams III and Byrd Williams IV, Memorabilia 1, 1986Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640056
Box 314: Byrd Williams, Jr., Byrd Williams III and Byrd Williams IV, Memorabilia 2, 1986Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640057
Box 315: Byrd Williams III, Memorabilia, 1947, 1950-1959, 1963, 1967, 1983Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640058
Box 316: Death, Birth, 1951, 1967, 1986, 2006, 2012Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640059
Box 317: Family Artifacts, Black Box (156), 1963, 1966, 1967Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640060
Box 318: Postcard Viewer, Postcards, Byrd Williams, Sr., 1919, 1925-1926Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 640061
Box 319: Wooden Anhueser-Busch Box, 1933Add to your cart.
Contains multiple artifacts from generations of the Byrd Williams family including wallets, medals, a leather pouch, a ruler, a purse, watches, a slide rule, a proof stamp, a drafting tool set, an embossing tool, and a pipe.
Barcode: 640062

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