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Erwin E. Smith Photography Collection, 1904-1986 | University of North Texas Special Collections

By Nicole Yatsonsky

Collection Overview

Title: Erwin E. Smith Photography Collection, 1904-1986Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1905-1910
ID: 01/AR0888
Primary Creator: Smith, Erwin E. (Erwin Evans) (1886-1947)
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged by type of material.
Date Acquired: 08/00/2017. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

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Abstract

A collection of photographic and print works by and about American West photographer, Erwin E. Smith.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Collection of works by and about American West photographer, Erwin E. Smith, including photographs, postcards, a newspaper article, and two event programs--his historical grave dedication ceremony in 1976 and an exhibit at the Sherman Historical Museum in 1986. Various photographs are undated or have approximate dates, including the collection's start date of 1904.

Collection Historical Note

Born in Honey Grove, Texas in 1886, Erwin Evans Smith (1886-1947) grew up loving the unique life of the American West and sought to capture it through his art. Initially interested in sculpture, he quickly took to photography while working as a teenager on cattle ranches in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. He frequently teamed up with newspaper writer, George Patullo, to feature his photographs alongside stories of the West, which were published in various print works, such as the Saturday Evening Post, National Magazine, and Cattleman magazine. He took over 2,000 photographs in his lifetime, most between 1905 and 1912 from his time on the ranches. His work is considered some of the best examples of early 1900s cowboy life, alongside famous artists Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington. Smith passed away in Texas in 1947.

Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2017-039
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reprpduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Michael Laird Rare Books
Acquisition Method: Purchase.
Separated Materials: Item #25, a large, framed photograph, is kept separately from the main collection box (Box 1).
Related Materials:

John Stryker Photography Collection, 1940-1973 - Available here: http://findingaids.library.unt.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=318

Levis Family Collection, 1826-1937 - Available here: http://findingaids.library.unt.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=530

Preferred Citation: Erwin E. Smith Photography Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Other Note:

Box 1 - Barcode: 703164

Item 25 - Barcode: 703165

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 1: Photographs, circa 1904 - 1929Add to your cart.
25 photographs depicting early 1900s cowboy life
Folder 1: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 1: The Matador Boys at Roaring Springs, circa 1909Add to your cart.
Title written in pencil on back. "Copyright by Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas" printed on back.
Item 2: Cowboy on horseback chasing cattle through a field, undatedAdd to your cart.
"Esther Huston" written in pencil on back
Item 3: Horse saddle on wooden saddle stand, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Item 4: Cowhands guiding a herd of cattle, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Item 5: Cowboys "tailing down" a cow, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Item 6: [Edwin Sanders having trouble with "Puddin'Foot"], 1906Add to your cart.

"Edwin Sanders, cousin of the photographer, Erwin E. Smith, having trouble with 'Puddin'Foot' a Percheron cross on a Spanish mare-a horse that was bad and could shake the best riders. One of a series of photographs. ED Ranch, near Crowell, Texas"

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 7: [Cowhands pulling a wagon up a canyon], 1907Add to your cart.

"Cowhands Pulling the Chuck Wagon out of a Bad Place while the Outfit Trails out of the Canyon"

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of Art

Item 8: [The Usual Morning Fight], 1906Add to your cart.

"The Usual Morning Fight [Edwin Sanders Having Trouble with Puddin' Foot, a Percheron Cross on a Spanish Mare], ED Ranch, Crowell, Texas"

Source: Imagining the Open Range: Erwin E. Smith, Cowboy Photographer by Byron Price

Item 9: [Edwin Sanders dragging a beef in for butchering], 1906Add to your cart.

"Edwin Sanders dragging a beef in for butchering in bitterly cold weather; this type of storm is usually referred to as a 'blue norther'. ED Ranch, near Crowell, Texas."

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 10: [Edwin Sanders and his horse taking a break], 1906Add to your cart.

"Edwin Sanders dipping a drink with the rolled brim of his hat while his mount and packhorse stand nearby. ED Ranch, near Crowell, Texas." "Grabbing water" written in pencil on back.

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 11: [Foreman and three cowboys riding on Three Circles Ranch], 1906Add to your cart.

"Foreman of the Three Circles Ranch in the lead followed by three cowboys out riding over the range. Edwin Sanders, cousin to the photographer, at extreme right. Three Circles Ranch, Texas."

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 12: [George Patullo ready to ride], 1908Add to your cart.

"George Pattullo in his tenderfoot days, mounted and ready to ride the Texas plains. JA Ranch, Texas."

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 13: A cowhand and spectators watch a cowboy on a horse, circa 1920-1935Add to your cart.
"[unknown word] Frank Bradford" written in pencil on back
Item 14: [First Monday Trade Day in Bonham, Texas], circa 1911Add to your cart.

"First Monday Trade Day in Bonham, when farmers and ranchers brought goods and livestock to trade in the City Square."

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 15: [Buggy on the range], circa 1908-1909Add to your cart.

"Buggy on the range. Three Block Ranch, New Mexico."

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 16: Cowboys riding near roundup camp, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Item 17: [Claud Jefferies working with an outlaw], 1905Add to your cart.

"Claud Jefferies working with an outlaw in the Matador corrals. Matador Ranch, Texas."

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 18: Cowboy cut out against the skyline, undatedAdd to your cart.
Title written in pencil on back of photo
Item 19: [Studio shot of Erwin E. Smith], circa 1904Add to your cart.

"Studio shot - Erwin E. Smith  in western dress seated"

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 20: Ranchers in town with their livestock for trade day, undatedAdd to your cart.
 
Item 21: [Bust of American Horse], circa 1908Add to your cart.
Source: Imagining the Open Range: Erwin E. Smith, Cowboy Photographer by Byron Price
Item 22: [Quanah Parker, Comanche Chief, with three wives], 1910Add to your cart.

"Quanah Parker, Comache Chief, and three of his seven wives somewhere in the Southwest." "Sparkman" written in pencil on back.

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 23: [Ruth Roach, a female rodeo performer], 1920sAdd to your cart.
Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Item 24: Tommy Douglas and his mule, Mande, 1919Add to your cart.
Title written in pencil on back of photo. Photograph given by John Stryker. Note written in pencil on back reads, "Not in any contest but sent for your pleasure - Stryker, Kearney, Nebr."
Item 25: Henry Patten, old time cowpuncher with the Three Block Outfit, New Mexico, 1929Add to your cart.

Framed photograph of Henry Patten, an old time cowpuncher with the Three Block Outfit in New Mexico, playing a violin in front of a stone fireplace. A rifle hangs on the wall above the mantle, lined with a gas lamp and various bottles.

A note on the back reads "Hand written on the print 'Henry Patten, old time cowpuncher with the Three Block Outfit, New Mexico, Copyright by Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas,' written in hand by Erwin Smith. Appears on the cover of 'The Cattleman' magazine, Sept 1929."

The photograph appears on the cover of "The Cattleman" magazine, September 1929 issue, Vol. XVI, No. 4, a copy of which is attached to the back of the frame.

Series 2: Printings, undated - 1986Add to your cart.
8 printed works and 5 postcards
Folder 2: PrintingsAdd to your cart.
 
Item 26: [Erwin Smith's Room as a Teenager in Bonham, Texas.], circa 1907Add to your cart.

From a gelatin silver print. Smith's photographs of Gladys Harry (right) and Albert Smith (left) sit atop this dressing table.

Source: Imagining the Open Range: Erwin E. Smith, Cowboy Photographer by Bryron Price

Item 27: [Interior shot with Native American bust], circa 1905-1915Add to your cart.

"Interior shot (of Erwin E. Smith's apartment or room?) with a Native American bust." Cyanotype on paper.

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 28: [A few horses scattered about a West Texas landscape], 1907Add to your cart.

"A few horses scattered about a West Texas landscape, a mare separated by a barbed wire fence from a colt. At LS Ranch, Texas." Cyanotype on paper.

Source: Erwin E. Smith Collection, Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Item 29: [Edwin Sanders and the Foreman of the Three Circles Ranch Throw a Diamond Hitch on a Pack Animal, Three Circles Ranch, Texas], 1906Add to your cart.

Cyanotype on paper.

Source: Imagining the Open Range: Erwin E. Smith, Cowboy Photographer by Byron Price

Item 30: [A cowboy stands with a rifle beside his horse], undatedAdd to your cart.
Cyanotype on paper
Item 31: "Come and Git It!", 1908Add to your cart.

Postcard. [Cowpunchers "Hightailing It in to Chuck," with One Horse Pitching on Extreme Left], Three Block Ranch, New Mexico. "Esther Huston" written in pencil on back.

Source: Imagining the Open Range: Erwin E. Smith, Cowboy Photographer by Byron Price

Item 32A: Chief Wolf Robe Cheyenne, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photo on postcard by Native American photographer, Frank A. Rinehart. "Copyrighted 1903, F. A. Rinehart, Ohama, Neb." is printed below the photo. "Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas" is addressed on back.
Item 32B: Chase-in-the-Morning, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photo on postcard by Native American photographer, Frank A. Rinehart. "Copyrighted 1903, F. A. Rinehart, Ohama, Neb." is printed below the photo. "Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas" is addressed on back.
Item 32C: Clear, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photo on postcard by Native American photographer, Frank A. Rinehart. "Copyrighted 1903, F. A. Rinehart, Ohama, Neb." is printed below the photo. "Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas" is addressed on back.
Item 32D: Yellow Wolf, undatedAdd to your cart.
Photo on postcard by Native American photographer, Frank A. Rinehart. "Copyrighted 1903, F. A. Rinehart, Ohama, Neb." is printed below the photo. "Erwin E. Smith, Bonham, Texas" is addressed on back.
Item 33: "With an Old Box Camera, Erwin E. Smith Captured The West on Film for Posterity", undatedAdd to your cart.
Copy of a newspaper clipping featuring the article, "With an Old Box Camera, Erwin E. Smith Captured The West on Film for Posterity," by Virgina Allred. Newspaper publication unknown.
Item 34: Program - Dedication of Official Grave Marker - Erwin Evans Smith, 1976Add to your cart.
Program for Erwin E. Smith's Official Texas Historical Grave Marker dedication ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery in his hometown of Honey Grove, Texas.
Item 35: Program - Exhibit: "A Sure Enough Cowboy - The Photographs of Erwin Smith", 1986Add to your cart.
Program for the Erwin E. Smith exhibit, "A Sure Enough Cowboy - The Photographs of Erwin Smith," at the Sherman Historical Museum in Sherman, Texas, from August 3 - September 21, 1986.

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